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Dawkins,

I would not describe myself as one of your converts. My atheism is the culmination of a life-time of free thinking and education. However, you do deserve credit on one score: you have inspired me to be more forthright with others regarding the fact that I am an atheist and my ...

Well what a revelation! Not so much on conversion to atheism, as being an atheist already I had privately developed many of the thoughts presented in The God Delusion. But to hear such ideas trumpeted from the platform of the mass media so succinctly and eloquently. Incredibly liberating is all I...

Professor Dawkins,

I wish I could say that your books converted me, that they opened my eyes to the world such as it is, a world full of wonder and mystery that is to be revered, not feared. I was fortunate enough to have come to this conclusion independently years ago in, of all places, the...

I am a bedraggled refugee from the "Holy" Roman Catholic Church, now a Card Carrying Atheist. Like Prof. Dawkins said about poor little kids like me, I Was born a "Wee Catholic" and as a baby baptized into it against my will. I Showed my displeasure by biting the priests's thumb regardless of...

The religious coccoon just dropped off by the age of 19. I'm now 66 and have no regrets. The "line" is separation of church and state, and it's "being crossed" by dogmatic religions. RD is playing defense. Let's not give Catholicism a free pass when debating fundamentalism.

E.K.

Dear Professor Dawkins,

I am another person converted to athiesm because of your views. As a young girl I was a passionate athiest and advocate for scientifc truth. But aged 13 I was swept away by the words of an evangelical preacher. They convinced me that only with God could I be moral and...

I was one of those weird (and I think quite unusual) children who never even believed in Father Christmas, let alone in angels and archangels, nor in all the dreary company of heaven who taught me the meaning of Te Deum throughout my entire childhood and schooldays. I was naturally quite chuffed...

[NB: This is an edited version of a journal entry from November 11, 2006. The good friend who showed me the two movies is Matthew Gress, whose letter appears on your deconversion page]

I am an atheist.

This is not a conclusion that I drew overnight. Like many other nonbelievers, it happened...

Richard Dawkins,

I was born in 1967, I was brought up until the age of nine in Belfast. I damaged my ears enough when an IRA bomb blew out the front of a large department store, Woolworths I think, to keep me out of the army. Disappointing when I tried to join up as a school leaver but a...

Professor Dawkins,

I was sent to 12 years of Catholic school growing up. Amazingly enough, it was there that I has one teacher that tought me to think critically about the Bible. Since then, I have always been a skeptic and as I educated myself more through my college years I had more and...

Dear Dr. Dawkins,

I have been an avid fan of Douglas Adams since my adolecense. In his interviews he was always eager to recommend his favourite books such as James Gleick "Chaos" and the "Selfish Gene".

Whatever D.N.A. recommended, I had to read. I have been an avid fan of science and an...

I was born an atheist. I have always been an atheist. I always regarded the attempt to give me a religious upbringing as complete nonsense.

Peter Rogers