Question for believers, and for agnostics/atheists:
Have you always seen the universe as you do now, or have your beliefs changed over time?
I have a theory that there are a lot more believers -> agnostics/atheists than there are agnostics/atheists -> believers.
But maybe I’m overgeneralizing from my own experience. I was a devout Christian for 35 years before becoming an agnostic.[/quote]
I think it depends upon the age group - I find that by the time people are in their 30s, they’re re-assessing their “atheism” in various ways and I see a lot more former “atheists” professing a faith. That’s the reverse of my experience regarding teens/20s, where they were often raised “Christian” and are falling away.
My feeling is, God is always trying to get your attention; one way or another, he gets it.
As for myself, I was raised Anglo-Catholic; and I fell away for many years; had a series of harrowing near-death experiences and, suddenly and almost without my willing it, found myself on the rock solid ground I grew up upon; and am now far more devoutly Anglo-Catholic than I ever was as a child.