I am a student teacher (Primary Education, 2nd year) who for many years has battled internally with some of the larger questions of life. Where have we come from? How did we get here? Ultimately, is there a god? I came across your book, The God Delusion in an airport book shop before a long haul flight to America. I Read that book front to back on the way out, and then again on the way home. I have since read all of your major texts and have been blown away by every single one.
The best way i can think to describe my emotions and feelings on your work is ironically to borrow a common theme from deluded religious believers. Often i have heard of religious believers talking about finding solace in the bible, the bible providing the answers to the questions they had sought all their lives, that finally everything makes sense. That sir, is how i feel about your work. Finally someone has been able to convince me absolutely and utterly, with ease, and with out using the threat of an all powerful god as a tool to cajole me into a con.
It is my dream and ambition to talk to my pupils about science as passionately as you do. I want to be able to show them the truth. The truth that the beauty of the natural world does not need to be diluted by crazy fictitious stories of a seven day creation. That the story of evolution and nature is truly the most beautiful story of all.
Thank you for changing my life, and I promise I will endeavour to make the study of science in my class as interesting and challenging as I can in order to help in preventing another generation of simple minded religious extremists. This approach will hopefully nurture the naturally inquisitive minds of my children towards the true answers to the questions that they might have about life.