Converts, Tue, Jan 29 2013 #(222)

Jan 29, 2013

Dear Mr. Dawkins,

I read The God Delusion last summer and am reading it again at the moment. I was raised as a catholic in good old Ireland and as much as I have lost my faith, belief, trust and so on, I still have it in the back of my head that if there is a god, he will understand the scepticism of anyone living on the planet today. The power of this conditioning is pretty strong.

The book is facinating and has served as my introduction to a life without superstition and religion. There are still contradictions though. My father passed away 2 years ago, the feelings and the sadness are still a bit raw and it is difficult to conceive that he is not out there somewhere.

You state in the book that your previous book did not set out to convert anyone but this one does. Just in case you are keeping count, put me on your list. I am by no means finished my research or contemplation of the matter but I am certainly out of the closet as it were. I do not believe in God, Jesus, or any of the other guys. Although it feels strange to be writing these words, there is a sense of liberation to it, and for that, I thank you.

Yours sincerely

Alan O’Mahoney

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