I am an atheist and could not see how religions could ever have become powerful or big, until last year. Last year I was at the beach and the sunset caused these spectacular crepuscular rays to make it seem like there was a golden path of light on the ocean. It was the most breathtaking view I ever saw. Although I know it can all be explained by science and still do not believe in anything whatsoever, but while seeing this I thought to myself that I could understand why someone could believe in god. I tried to explain this feeling to my father, who also saw this view, but I immediately got lectured by him about how horrible religions were (in his opinion). Ever since then I've kept my mouth shut about anything related to religion or atheism, since it's apparently tolerable to completely hate and condemn the other side but it's taboo to try to understand the other side.