Converts, Tue, Jan 29 2013 #(1316)

Jan 29, 2013

Professor Dawkins, I’m the daughter of a minister, and was raised in a moderate Christian household with no threat of hellfire and brimstone looming over me. I like to think of myself as a very logical person who needs evidence to accept something as true. Unbeknownst to me at the time religion had always been that one exception. Enlisting in the Marines was what began to push me towards examining my beliefs the same way I do everything else. Contrary to popular belief most Marines are completely ambivalent towards religion if not outright atheists. This environment lead me to the point where I read The God Delusion on deployment in Afghanistan, which was the catalyst of my deconversion. Once the facts were laid before me I could no longer force myself to believe, even if I wanted to. I did want to believe because religion had been a great comfort for me, and if I found some irrefutable evidence for a deity I would become a believer again; however, I can not be intellectually dishonest and so I am an atheist. This is something I have stuck to despite coming very close to being blown up on three different occasions. It has even become a comfort in its own way because I know whenever I die I won’t be subject to any sort of ‘divine’ judgement dealt out by an omnipotent megalomaniac sociopath. I wrote this to thank you for all of your writings because they have helped free me from religion. -Ann

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