Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(1061)

Jan 30, 2013

Dear Mr. Dawkins,

I'm not completely new to a naturalist perspective on life, but after reading The God Delusion about a year ago, I can honestly say it changed my life. I used to be a strong believer in Christianity, and one of my good friends was a very outspoken atheist. Whenever we would get together we would always end up discussing and debating religion and the nature of “God”. I could very well hold my own in these discussions, using sources of Christian Apologetics and Philosophy (looking back it's actually quite embarrassing), but my friend swore by your book The God Delusion and kept telling me to read it before I criticize it any more.

Boy did that change things. I went into the book thinking that I would be able to disagree and “prove it wrong” or something along those lines, but it really opened my eyes to a human world perspective, one that didn't involve an omnipotent God. The poetic feel to the writing, the way sentences and ideas flowed seamlessly, it was incredible. My life has been completely different since, and I can't thank you enough for writing what I think is one of the best books I've read.

I've since become very interested in evolutionary biology, and I just started reading The Blind Watchmaker and it is just as amazing as The God Delusion. Once again, thank you very much for writing such a cohesive and accurate book that opened me up to a humanist and naturalist view on the world and nature.

– Brad

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