Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(1064)

Jan 30, 2013

Professor Dawkins,

I just wanted to thank you for providing the evidence and clear thinking rationale to legitimize what I'd felt, but obsessively suppressed, my whole life. I'm a 19 year old American college student who was raised lutheran. I don't think I ever fully 100% believed, but I convinced myself, deluded myself, into thinking I believed, and thus acted accordingly. My doubts caused me such overwhelming guilt, but your books, among other things, made me realize how incredibly silly it is to let myself be bogged down by not believing in such ridiculous nonsense. I feel like an enormous weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I look happily toward the rest of my life with the understanding that this is it, and I do not have to abdicate myself and my reason to any doctrine or dogma. Thank you for helping me break the oppressive chains of religion.

Jon

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