I was raised Roman Catholic, but I was never super into it. I was self-describing as a 'Recovering Catholic' pretty much starting in college. In my late 20s, I re-examined my beliefs and concluded that I was an atheist. But at 24, I guess I was still in that 'Recovering Catholic' stage which basically meant I believed in God, I just didn't believe that we humans know ANYTHING about Him.
Politically, I was in the 'who cares' camp until college. In college I guess I became what I'd call a Republican with Democratic leanings. I was Republican, but on SOME ISSUES, I definitely veered the other way. I was 24 in the mid to late 90s. The GOP was pretty much in it's best years with Gingrich achieving perhaps the greatest entitlement reform in US history as well as multiple smaller reforms. I wasn't REGISTERED Republican at the time, but I was, in most respects, Republican.
But that was probably the high point of my Republicanism. Over time, I drifted away and found the Libertarian Party and joined that. Then they alienated me, too, and now I call myself a 'small-L libertarian' and 'independent'. The L word is the easiest short way to get people into the general ballpark of what I think politically (assuming they know what it is), so I still lean on it, but I have alot of differences with them.