I’ve been asked more than once what my interest in religion is being an atheist. Well, it’s simple for me in that the tradition I came from, Christianity, is some two thousand years old and there’s a lot to learn about the development of a major religion from what started as a cult of Judaism. It would do atheists a lot of good to learn as much about those religious ideologies that they came from in order to understand the religious belief seen today. It’s easy to dismiss those we believe are deluded maybe even deranged t an extent, with religious fervor. It helps, at least it does me, to understand why people become as they do by diving as much as I can into the history (not a professional historian).