conversion , Converts, Tue, Jan 29 2013 #(1503)

Jan 29, 2013

Dear Mr. Dawkins,
I hope that by some chance you will read this. I can imagine there are so many emails requesting your attention. I will try to be as succinct as possible: having been raised Catholic until the age of 22, was then visited by Jehovah’s Witnesses and was baptized as one in 1995. There were over the years many things that did not gel for me and as JW’s are taught or as I see it now, brainwashed to believe that they have the absolute ‘truth’ about God and the Bible, that was not acceptable. I believe that things are either truthful or not. There is no grey area with the status of mankind. We either exist as products of evolution or by creation. If there is another alternative, I am currently unaware of the reason. I am not one of these who think sitting on a fence with both in view is possible. I feel that I am sure we did not evolve as a result of creation initially and then changed due to a God that chose to leave us to our own devices.

Last year a friend who was also a Witness, opened my eyes to goings on within the organisation, and it really threw me. I was devestated and felt such a void in my life. I then decided not to stay within the organisation. What many don’t realise about Witnesses, is that you are so reliant on their teachings and interpretation of the Bible, and dictation with regard to how you live your life, that I now found myself questioning everything, including the existence of God himself. Living in a world that is comsumed with religion, and the need to worship a deity or believe it necessary to credit our extistence to a greater being, I felt overwhelmed and didn’t really know where to start. Having my mind back though was refreshing and a situation I found exciting.

My friend Fabiola, who was in a newly found reality herself after leaving the JW’s, met me one day and said she was reading your book, The Greatest Show on Earth. She asked me whether I was familiar with you, and as you have been quoted derogatorily in Witness publications, I affirmed knowledge of you and said I was surprised she was reading your book. She told me it was the most amazing book she had read, and her literary knowledge was vast. The next day I purchased your book, of the same title and started reading. It was like having an epiphany. I have studied general science, astronomy, aspects of geology and forensic science, and have a love of science in general. I found your lucidity and attention to detail momentous. A few days later I bought The God Delusion, and my belief is that it should manditorily serve as a text book for all secondary schools. I have insisted my friends read it. As you have been viewed as an enemy of witnesses as an advocate against God, so many will not read your books, but I will continue to strive to educate them as to the necessity of opening their minds and hearts to the only alternative to the madness of religion…..pure unadulterated rationale and logic.

There were so many things I hadn’t realised that you mentioned in the book The God Delusion, I have bought all of your books and am looking forward to devouring them. If you ever come to Ireland to give talks or semenars, I would love to see and hear you in person. Please keep up the good work and enlighten many more…it is a long road to true enlightenment.

Your fan and admirer,
Joy Farrelly

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