Is it normal that i can't be nonreligious?
My parents are nonreligious and they tried to raise me that way, but for whatever reason I found myself incapable of not being religious (like something VERY significant was missing from my life). And I read lots of books by Dawkins, so yeah. From my teens on when I was studying religions, I was drawn to Hinduism by Hindu philosophy and I was heavily influenced by it, believe its basic tenets (including the Absolute God) and practice it (e.g. yoga).
I can empathize with atheism to some degree. I was able to feel the presence of God but I can imagine that other people never do. Still, I must admit that I cannot understand how people can go further than that and believe in materialism (like the idea that humans are biological robots or atoms in motion), though of course I respect this opinion, too. I first doubted it intuitively and it then became absolutely unacceptable for me after I read more about it and thought about it more deeply.
I know that my parents think that religion is a result of early childhood indoctrination and regard this as the only “excuse” to be religious, which caused me to doubt my own intelligence ... a lot. Still it seems by any other objective indication I'm not stupid.