Dear Professor Dawkins;
I attended Catholic school in my youth, but my family was never particularly devout; religion had become more of a habit than anything. Nevertheless, I was initially hesitant to read “The God Delusion,” not wanting to ruffle any feathers. But I just couldn’t help myself, and reading your book was like a breath of fresh air. It was my introduction to a world of science and inquiry I hadn’t even known was available to me. Now, I simply can’t stop reading! Your work has opened a door to a communioty of writers and thinkers with whom I share a true affinity, and whose work has enriched my life like no religion ever could.
I have read some of the hateful letters you receive, and it must be disconcerting if not downright frightening to read some of these responses. (It is pleasing, however, to reflect on their grammar; sometimes grammar speaks louder than words) I think it is admirable that you continue to champion reason over delusion, despite such hostility, for the sake of individuals such as myself, and all the converts you have inspired. Thank you.
Sincerely yours, Christine Dans.