Dear Professor Dawkins,
I am not entirely sure if this is the appropriate place to post this message, so I’m asking you to bear with me for the time-being.
Firstly, I do not consider myself atheist BUT I no longer find it possible to identify myself with the religious up bringing I have had. I no longer believe in the absolute truth of the Christian faith, I am unsure where I stand on the grounds of a personal God (I am more inclined to the Hindu notion of a impersonal, transcendental ultimate reality (Brahman) from which all things emerged and all things will return to).
Now that we have that out of the way I just want to say: BRAVO! You sir have done more for the advancement of science than anyone save, possibly, Stephen Hawking. I now strongly disagree with the notion of children being raised to conform to their parent’s faith; I find the notion of the faith school to be abhorrent, and I no longer believe in organised religion.
I believe now that your spirituality is a matter for you and you alone. If you want to share it with others then do, but only if you accept their right to disagree with you and share with you their view as well. I believe now in the secularisation of the State as much as possible without infringing on the rich history we possess in our nation.
Finally, I now believe quite firmly that if there is a God (and I am confident there is) that He must delight at Darwin’s theory of Evolution, that He must rejoice whenever we make a new discovery about the Universe and about ourselves. And He must truly pity for those who think that the words of an anonymous, millennia old text are more valid than scientific exploration.
And a final word, when His Holiness the Most Exalted and August Bishop of Rome makes his appearance, I hope to God that he is brought to justice for the diabolical (and yes I am well aware of the religious connotations of that phrase) deeds that his Church has performed.