Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(426)

Jan 30, 2013

I will begin by thanking you, Mr. Dawkins for helping to further my education, which I plan on continuing until I die. I was raised in a Christian sect and lived in a sort of blind fog until I was 18. I then decided on being agnostic solely for ease of explainability. I decided to explore my roots and went so far as to live as an Orthodox Jew in Israel for over a year. I was on a quest for the truth. I spent my 20's looking for answers. I was delighted to spend the first half of my 31st year learning about the previously taboo subject of evolution. I am still learning and have gotten to the point that I have told my parents (yes, very blind believers) that I am an atheist. I have now found that there are indeed answers to the most profound questions that a person may ask of the universe, if only you have the mind to hear those answers. I am thankful that your latest book coincided with the time in my life where I was able to skeptically, educatedly and willingly learn the true “truth”. I have begun to realize that my upbringing not only was biased and disturbing but wrong. I have always found missionizing repulsive, mostly because it is not sharing ideas but rather forcing one idea into a desperate persons thought pattern. The lively exchange of ideas I welcome and now have Christians stammering and running away from me (the most effective way to rid myself of narrow and closed minded lunatics). The profound impact this education has made on me I think can be demonstrated by how many of my friends and even my boyfriend are “converting” to atheism. Many people I meet are closet atheists and seem to be willing to come out of the closet. Good luck on your cat herding. I congratulate you on your work and support it whole-heartedly. Thank you so much for helping me to be a more critically thinking person. I look forward to your next work of art.

Your Fan,
Naomi Tappin
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