Dear Professor Dawkins,
I am typing this email because this is the only way I know of to show my appreciation for all that you have done for me. I recently bought your book The God Delusion, and must say it has changed my life more then I ever imagined it would. I was raised as a Christian, and still live in a very religious household in Texas with my mother and stepfather. My stepfather is a Pastor who takes the entire Bible literally, so that may give you an idea of the ideas they tried to teach me as I was growing up. As I was growing up I never really bought into the stories of the Bible, and was only “saved” because of my fear of death (which took hold immediately after the death of my great grandmother.) Needless to say within the last five years of my life I became increasingly skeptical of the stories within the Bible, and it is only recently that I have come to consider myself an atheist.
Within the last three months I have seen horrific examples of hypocrisy and evil within my stepfathers church, and also the hypocrisy of my stepfather himself. These things ultimately brought me to a rejection of the Christian faith, and pure agnosticism. However, it wasn’t a week later when I began to question the very existence of god. I spent the next month pondering several questions about god and its existence before I heard of your book, and decided to buy it. I cannot describe the clarity that your book has brought me concerning this issue. It seemed to answer every question I had been pondering about religion and god, as well as the ones I had yet to ask. The way you talked about religious teachings and children hit especially close to home for me, because my much younger brother recently “made the decision to become saved and baptized.” When I heard this, I literally became sickened.
My family has no idea about the changes in my life that have taken place in the last three months, and I don’t care to share them with my mother at this time as it will only worry her sick about me “burning in hell”. They are completely sure of their beliefs so debating them will do good. However, one day I hope to use the knowledge gained from your books to save my brother and sister from the utter lie that is Christianity. I seriously doubt you will read this yourself Professor Dawkins, but if you do by some “miracle”, I just wanted to let you know how much of an impact you have had on my life. I cannot thank you enough.
A convert from Texas