This thread was prompted by the similar thread we're having on "deconversion". I could have titled this thread "Are there any believers here who were once atheists?" to match the similar thread on the reverse situation, but that would be too unoriginal, so... I'm interested in hearing the "conversion" stories from people who have either adopted a religious belief or who have converted from one religion to another. That is, if you were once a non-believer, then you got religion, I want to know what did it for you. Or, if you were raised Christian, but later converted to Islam, or Buddhism or Scientology, again I want to know what prompted your conversion. Equally, if you were once a wishy-washy, not-really-believer-but-going-through-the-motions type, then you became a real, genuine, hard-core believer, I want to know what made you change. I'm not interested (in this thread, anyway) in your story of how you were raised a Jehovah's witness by your parents, then you were baptised into the Jehovah's witnesses when you came of age, or those kinds of stories. That's what is expected. I want to hear the unexpected. So, religious people, tell me why you became religious, or why you switched beliefs.