a recent convert
I lost my philosophic virginity at college 40 years ago after watching the movie "Inherit the Wind." I came from an evangelical home, daughter of a minister, completely brainwashed and indoctrinated. But that movie started me questioning, and after so many questions tumbled out, the whole house of cards collapsed. However, it really took the God Delusion to help me make the final commitment to atheism, and to do it with the confidence that I need not abandon the "helping" values that I had learned in my childhood. I love the way Dawkins explains the evolution of our ability as humans to think about others, have compassion for them, and help them. Now that the scales have fallen from my eyes, I am indeed amazed that I was so blinded and for so long. I do find it difficult to talk about this with family and friends. However, I am committed to doing so, because if I don't, who else will bring it up?