When I was growing up, I loved hearing my father talk about religion. It didn't happen very often, because my mother always seemed to get nervous and tried to change the subject, but it was from him that I first heard about a scholarly and philosophical side to religion. My childhood view of it was very matter-of-fact and unquestioned, so it was always thrilling to hear a more skeptical set of opinions.
I joined Beliefnet several years ago because I developed a fascination with discussing religion, but it is usually discouraged as a topic of conversation in polite company. It's a shame, as religion has been the main focus of some of the happiest, most satisfying conversations I've had. I will quite happily stay up all night in discussion with another person, but such opportunities do not often arise, so I turn to the internet to get my fix instead. I hope to meet people who share my enthusiasm, regardless of whether or not they share my beliefs.
I've described myself as an atheist since I was sixteen, but whatever religious beliefs I had for a few years before then were indistinct and not very well thought-out. I haven't considered myself to be a Catholic since I was thirteen.