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Created on May 04 2010
Richard,
I was raised Catholic. I went to Christian school all the way through high-school. I went to church camps as a child. I even played Jesus is a play for church at Easter one year as a child! As a young adult I was the person who would look at a beautiful landscape and say, ' and people think there is no god'.
Everything changed for me when my mother passed away at the very young age of 46 from cancer. My mother was deeply religious. I became angry and curious why this god did not answer all of our prayers.
Interestingly I became infatuated with logic in college. Turned out I was good at it where many other students could not or would not allow their brains to be hijacked with critical thinking. As my curiosity grew stronger for picking out fallacy in life, it became blindingly apparent that the biggest potential fallacy I needed to research was religion.
Skip to ten years later (now), and I have read Sam Harris' books, your books, watched videos, read many other books on the subject of religion. I make it a point to devour as much information as I possibly can on the subject of religion. Especially where I find common ground with the author's point of view.
I found Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation to be one of the most well thought out and scathing bits of writing I have ever had the pleasure to read. I had read The End of Faith beforehand and was salivating for more of Harris' impenetrable arguments.
That led me to The God Delusion. (clever title by the way) I actually found myself laughing as you politely sling mud in the face of the religious nutjobs. It has become increasingly clear to me just how weak the argument for religion is. Religious, especially Christian apologists can really get my blood boiling these days. But, thanks to people like you and Harris, I now have the intellectual ammunition to battle their myths with facts. For that I must say thank you.
You have converted one more!
Say it out loud people - it's ok - A-T-H-E-I-S-T!!!!!
Rob Stiff
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