Dear Prof Dawkins,
I am an Atheist !
I am an Indian born in a Hindu family. My mother is as orthodox a
Hindu as any you would ever meet and I grew up praying to God
regularly. Families of some of my childhood friends were also deeply
religious. As a result i grew up in an environment where faith in the
Hindu God(s) (we have a bunch of them) was the highest virtue. All the
grown ups around me spent a significant amount of resources on various
I am 28 years old now and, like many others from my country, came to
USA for my PhD in Engineering. Even as a kid, i found the idea that
“God listens to prayers” implausible, though I would never dare say
it. During my high school days, there were some occasions when I
almost challenged a religious preacher during his discourses to prove
that there is god, but i did not have the guts ( I must have been
13-14 years old then). It was never easy to discuss religion with any
of my friends since people are so easily offended. I turned to the
next best thing, Internet ! I stumbled upon some debates featuring Sam
Harris, C Hitchens and you on youtube. I have seen every interview and
debate involving either you, Harris or Hitchens available on youtube
and finally bought my copy of God Delusion.
Post God Delusion, I have no problems in asserting that i am an
atheist in any social group. I thoroughly enjoyed your simple
arguments for natural selection and I find the fact that there is no
God very liberating ! Though I do have the difficult task of
confronting my orthodox mother on this issue in near future.
Nevertheless, Thank you for writing this book and keep up the good work.
PS: PG Wodehouse and Douglas Adams are my favorite authors too.