Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(1055)

Jan 30, 2013

Professor Dawkins,

Thanks so much for taking the time to write the books that you did. I was raised a Mormon and was faithful (sort of) for 16 years. My brother is an atheist and I was introduced to you one night in my bedroom with Root of All Evil? on my brother's computer screen. Even when I was a believer, I read your books avidly, but maintained my beliefs. Finally, when I was working my way through The Ancestor's Tale (and simultaneously reading Nietzsche), it occurred to me how simple the truth was. There is no God.

It has cost me a lot. My Mormon friends have distanced themselves from me. My mother says she doesn't love me any more because of my decision. My father hit me with his fists when he found out (in the name of God, I suppose). But in the end, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, because without your writings and lucidity, I would have never woken up from the dreamless slumber that is theism. And while sometimes it is difficult to stay awake when so many around me seem to be asleep, I know that I won't falter, and that there are always people dedicated to preserving and spreading the truth. So, once again, thank you so much.

Phil O.

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