Converts, Tue, Jan 29 2013 #(274)

Jan 29, 2013

Dear Mr. Dawkins,
My wife and I grew up as solid American Heartland Christians. I gave up religion in young adulthood, but still believed in God. My simple faith held that a person would not be hardwired to desire something that does not exist. Also my feeling of gratitude for the goodness in life had me reasoning that it must have a receiving agent. At 47 years of age, I never once doubted the existence of God. Then my wife picked up the God Delusion on disc. After listening to your book, I was absolutely convinced God does not exist. My wife’s faith was wobbly already when she listened to your book, but it ushered us both safely into our new enlightment.

I just wanted to thank you for your work to enlighten people, an extremely important calling. My wife and I used to believe the atheistic position was a pessimistic world view, but now that the veil has been lifted and true beauty reveals itself, we are happier than ever to see things much more clearly. Your work, along with others of your ilk throughout history is like a stream of reason running down a mountain of ignorance. Bit by bit the rock is eroded and the stream becomes a river. My wife and I are now part of that stream of reason and in our way, over time, by being examples of ethical, charitable people, plan to do our part to wear away ignorance in our culture.

Paul Gaunt

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