Before I was introduced to your writing, I had never given religion, specifically the question of a creator, much thought. My father is a devout evangelical christian, and I remember recieving troubling answers to religious questions as a child. In particular I remember asking about how one goes to heaven, and who does not go to heaven. His answer, that everyone besides a fraction of the 1 billion Christians (the ones who “get it right”) are condemned to an eternity in hell, was a sort of legitimacy breaker for me. How ridiculous, that for the pathetic transgression of not accepting a person's sacrafice for one's “sin” two thousand years ago, that one is then condemned to an eternity of suffering.
I did not think about the question of God again until last year, when I picked up a copy of The God Delusion as a purchase of curiosity. Before that point, I rarely read unless a text was prescribed for class. The God Delusion opened the floodgates to atheism, skepticism, empiricism, and most importantly – my literary appetite. I am very appreciative of the other atheist works you recommended throughout the book (Stenger's, God: The Failed Hypothesis, in particular), and your book has also lead me to branch out and read more than I ever have before. These are just a few of the books I have read, or are currently reading thanks to your book.
The Selfish Gene
The Blind Watchmaker
Unweaving the Rainbow
Atheism: A Philosophical Justification – Martin
Has Science Found God? – Stenger
God: The Failed Hypothesis – Stenger
Letter to a Christian Nation – Harris
The Mismeasure of Man – Gould
The Problems of Philosophy – Russell
The Third Chimpanzee – Diamond
Guns, Germs, and Steel – Diamond
The Sociological Imagination – Mills
Discipline and Punish – Foucault
Thank you, your writing has made a difference that will last a lifetime.