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Created on Aug 12 2012
Dear Professor Dawkins
I just wanted to send you an email saying, in short, thank you.
I had always been confused and uneasy with the concept of religion, god, a higher power etc. I was raised in a Christian household but, thankfully, was not pressured into any beliefs. My parents allowed me to think for myself which is perhaps the greatest gift I was ever given. In essence I never felt comfortable with religion but I did not believe its existence was morally bad.
However, it was only after coming into contact with your publications (although I must admit to begin with Christopher Hitchens probably had a greater impact upon my initial decision to “come out” as an atheist) did I truly feel comfortable in my irreligious skin and was able to see the pox of religion for what it truly is. Conversely, your writings also helped me see the glory of existing universe. This knowledge did away with the need to find solace in fairy tales for amazement; all I had to do was look into space to find facts far more incredible than anything found in myths.
I am 24 this year and it has been almost 4 years since I made that decision and there is no doubt that I am happier than I have ever been. Further, since reading “The Moral Landscape” by Sam Harris, I have found that there is clearly more to be learned and taken (importantly now morally and ethically) from science than religion ever had, or ever will have, to offer.
So once again Professor I wish to thank you (and Christopher, of course) for helping assure me that my predisposition towards a godless universe was not only empirically correct but also morally correct.
Yours sincerely,
Daniel