Someone asked me why I was an agnostic. I replied, "Well, I wasn't until I started to read the bible."
As a Christian, I set out to read the whole Bible. As an atheist, I finished it, and then read the Qur'an, the Dhammapada, I am looking for a cheap copy of Dianetics, and am going to keep reading other 'sacred' texts. I have gotten to thoroughly enjoy reading the 'holy' books and central texts of multiple religions including cults. As a religious person, my perspective was strictly limited. Now having left religiosity behind, my views have grown more eclectic.