To be fair I was already an agnostic by the time I read “The God Delusion” by
Richard Dawkins. Growing up in an orthodox, Jewish family and reading the
psychotic, vile ravings present in the Old Testament was more than enough to
turn me away from religion. Not to mention that I was disallowed from leaving
my home, using electricity, or socially interacting with other kids from Friday
night until Saturday night due to restrictions placed by the Sabbath.
When I began reading “The God Delusion” I was a fervent agnostic, believing that
atheism was just as radical as a belief in god. Dawkins effectively slashed such
an ideology and eloquently argued that a belief in god is equivalent to a belief
in magic or unicorns. There is an equal amount of evidence for any of these
things. Generally speaking, if there's no evidence for something, why bother
believing in it? Why bother even supporting that belief?
I realize now that I was so adamant about being agnostic because I feared how my
strict, Jewish side of my family would react if I told them I didn't believe in
god. In Judaism, few things are considered worse than denying god's existence.
I can now happily say that my family is quite aware of my atheism and there
have been no negative repercussions as a result of it.
Thanks for all your hard work,