Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(1090)

Jan 30, 2013

Mr. Dawkins,

I would first like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading The God Delusion. I had decided to read this book after my father had read it, and it was this book that caused the seed of doubt that had for so long existed in my mind to finally sprout.

I wasn't raised in a religious environment, and never went through any kind of childhood indoctrination, which is probably why I was able to break free of the idea of god so easily. Though I did attend a religious private school from kindergarten to 4th grade, I was old enough at that point that the idea wasn't able to imprint into my mind. Because no one ever told me that faith was a virtue, I did at many points doubt the idea of god. But it left many BIG questions unanswered. So I turned to the easiest alternative, science. I enriched myself in the theories of evolution, the Big Bang, and other scientific theories to answer my questions, and to my surprise, they were much more satisfying. Never the less, I still held on to the idea of god (rather desperately, looking back on it), and tried to reconcile my religion with my science. But there were just too many conflicts and contradictions.

Then, in my junior year of high school, 2008, my father handed me your book, and suggested that I read it. I started reading it, and quickly found it to be fascinating. As I read through its pages, realization finally struck me. I WAS AN ATHEIST! I had been for most of my life, but it took this book for me to realize it. I realized that their almost certainly was no god, and that I should live my life on that assumption, and I have every day since then.

Thank you, Mr. Dawkins, for helping me break free from my religion, and for helping me to steer a new course in life. I hope your books continue to inspire others like me, and that you will continue to inspire others for many years to come.

Zach Bennack

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