Dear Richard Dawkins
I’d like to thank you.
I was first introduced to your book The God Delusion by my flatmate. When I was younger I had an interest in science but it had diminished after taking my GCSE’s. My flatmate said this book was written by a scientist and I might find it quite interesting. Being of below average intelligence and having a short concentration span I’m not one for reading much so it took me a long time to read and I would often have to re-read paragraphs to make sure it sunk in. It was absolutely worth it because I found it fascinating. I was never religious but I had always had a sense that there was ‘something there’. After reading your book I can’t see how anyone can be anything other than an atheist.
After The God Delusion I read The Selfish Gene. This book reminded me why I was interested in Science.
Some months later I was at my grandmother’s and looking through her bookcase and saw another one of your books, The Blind Watchmaker. She said it belonged to my grandfather and that I could borrow it. She was amused to hear me say I had read 2 other books by Dawkins, knowing I wasn’t the most academic person in the family. After reading it I was hooked. Hooked on the natural world, hooked on what science could teach me and hooked on your books.
Subsequently, I have read A Devil’s Chaplain, Climbing Mount Improbable, The Greatest Show on Earth and my personal favourite, Unweaving the Rainbow. This book made me cry. I have read more books in the last year than in the rest of my life and I have you to thank for that. You have opened my eyes to the beauty of the universe we live in. I feel like all my senses have been heightened. Whereas before I would have treated a fly buzzing around my head with annoyance, I now cannot help but look at it, listen to it and find it fascinating. You’ve introduced me to thinking.
Anyway, enough about me. This section of the website is called Converts Corner and I’d like to tell you about the flatmate that gave me The God Delusion. He was brought up to be Catholic by his parents. He said to me that he wasn’t sure about God but didn’t want to question it because of an overwhelming sense of guilt. Your book gave him the knowledge, courage and words to explain his views to his parents and to come to the happy conclusion that he is an atheist.
Keep on inspiring.