Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(1052)

Jan 30, 2013

Professor Dawkins
Good day to you and thank you for a great book. I would like to let you know that the book you wrote “The God Delusion” is an amazing manuscript. I started out as a Christian and actually ended up becoming very involved in my parents church. However, I was never really happy during those times, in fact as a Christian I constantly had no hope and contemplated suicide. I started college and the amount of time that I had at church began to shorten each week. As a young college student I went to parties and had sexual encounters with my girlfriend at the time. I soon found myself being unwelcome at the church and stopped going. At this point I took a few religious studies and philosophy classes at school, as well as a basic physical science class. I soon started questioning more parts about my faith. When I graduated from college with a degree in Culinary Arts, I began to consider myself an agnostic (I had already began to feel that all religions made valid points, but all tended to be corrupted in the same way as they all have the same mythical roots). A friend of mine and me were talking one day about our views on religion and politics and he told me about a book he had heard about. The book was “The God Delusion”. I read the book while on a cruise in the Caribbean and concentrated on what was being said. The more I read the book I began to understand a few things. First, I would now consider myself at least a 6 on your scale of 1 to 7, 7 being absolutely sure of no god. Also, as I finished the book and began to use it in my life, I realized how much of my life was wasted on the forced guilt and agony of religion. I have started living a richer life and enjoy myself much more.

Thank You for your book, it has helped change my life for the better.

I would like to leave you with a quote I am sure you know…

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.

Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.

Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?

Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”


Your friend,

Daniel S Larsen, CC
American Culinary Federation Chapter NC011

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