Dear Professor Dawkins,
I am writing to thank you for the direct and powerful effect your work, as well as the work of your contemporaries has had on my life and my thought. I was raised a Roman Catholic, and until the age of about 8 or 9 I had no doubt that what I had been told every Sunday was true; why on earth would I question that which was endorsed by my family, my mother and by a whole host of adults in the local Catholic community? It was around this time that I became truly interested in questions of science, in particular astronomy and the universe. The night sky was always a source of wonder for me, and through my fascination with space I began to delve further into science. It was at this point that what I had been told from the Bible (i.e. that God created the universe in six days, that Noah collected two of every creature and that Jesus was born of a virgin) came into conflict with my new studies (the universe is the result of a rapid expansion 13.7bn years ago, a 900 year old man would have been very unlikely to be able to collect two of every species ever and no-one is born of virgins). The conflict between my ideas and my upbringing continued largely unresolved, until one day, I picked up *The God Delusion* and read it for the first time.
Since then there has been no looking back; I immediately ceased attending church and made it clear to anyone who asked that I had reached a position of atheism. My realisation that God was neither probable nor necessary has only increased my intellectual curiosity, and I have taken to challenging the incursion of religious views into matters with which they should have no concern.
Once again, thankyou for all you have written, spoken and argued. Please continue to do what you do best