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Greetings,

This is the story of how I escaped religion.

I was raised catholic. Mass was a wondrous experience to me. The music, the vestments, the ritual, the stained glass, my Sunday classes with the nuns, were all things I looked forward to every Sunday morning. Even as I grew ...

Dear Professor Dawkins

I am an ex-Christian because of you. My full anti-testimony is at: http://exchristian.net/testimonies/2006/10/perfect-religion.html . To cut a long story short, a friend lent me The Blind Watchmaker and my faith disappeared in an instance. Without genesis and original sin...

I will begin by thanking you, Mr. Dawkins for helping to further my education, which I plan on continuing until I die. I was raised in a Christian sect and lived in a sort of blind fog until I was 18. I then decided on being agnostic solely for ease of explainability. I decided to explore my...

Hello Richard Dawkins! I really hope that you will read this. I'm a 15 year old American high school student in California, and I used to be a Christian. It wasn't necessarily you who made me convert to atheism, though you did have a part in my transformation from a Christian to an...

Dear Richard Dawkins,

I have only recently come to be aware of you and your writings, and I am greatly thankful for them and you. You have given me the confidence to declare what I had felt scratching at the back of my head for some time: I am an atheist.

I had the good fortune of being...

Dear Mr. Dawkins and everyone at the RDF,

Hello, I am 15 years old, and I had been skeptic of my religion for almost a year by the time of my birthday. I took an interest in science, esspecially evolutionary biology and am still in the process of trying to at least vaguely in a sense;...

Dear Richard,

I can't thank you enough for your work. I was raised by evangelical parents and in my teens I "accepted Jesus as my saviour", but never felt comfortable with Christianity - I was told in no uncertain terms that you couldn't just be a quiet christian and get on with your...

Thanks
A year ago I was accosted by young earth diatribe. It was a wake up to my meandering around the subject of deity based creationism. My father is a minister. Quite by accident I found myself in possession of an entire collection of Scientific Americans at the age of 14. At 16 I stopped...

Dear Convert's Corner,

Having had much encouragement (in my journey from fundamentalist Christian to Atheist) from people who have been along the same path, I thought I would briefly write of my experience in case it too might be helpful to someone.

From a very young age I was taken to...

Teenaged atheist

I am a 16-year-old, British-born American currently living in that bastion of Enlightened thought and rationale, Connecticut. My immediate family are devoutly Irish Catholic, and worse, almost all of my cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. are fundamentalist Christians. Not just in...

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...

Anger as a reaction to truth
Dear Dr. Dawkins:

Last night my husband and I viewed with pleasure your reading of The God Delusion on BookTV at Lynchburg, Virginia. A young woman asked you if it is normal to be angry after one learns that the religious teachings of childhood are myths. You were...