Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(657)

Jan 30, 2013

Hi Dr. Richard,

I realize you are an extremely busy person, so I will be fast. I have just read your book “The God Delusion” and now I have two questions for you:

1) I was raised a catholic and almost joined a religious congregation many years ago. Thankfully I decided not to do it, and instead continued my studies at the University and graduated Summa Cum Laude and then obtained my Master in Business Administration. After many years of thinking and finding myself disappointed with the catholic church, and now having the luck of hearing from you through the BBC documentary “Root of all Evil?” and reading your book “The God Delusion”, being against any kind of religion is not a problem for me AT ALL. Actually, it is extremely natural and easy for me now. However, I am having a hard time to say or even think “I don't believe in God, I'm an atheist”. I can't avoid feeling guilty, even though rationaly I am convinced that I should be an atheist. How do I get rid of this religious brainwash?

2) I am originally from Venezuela (catholic country) and moved to Canada (extremely multicultural) a few years ago. Living in Canada where I see so many different religious people everywhere (including women covering 100% of their bodies and faces), how do I manage to control my feelings of rejection and disappointment towards them? I cannot believe how stupid I have been all these years for believing in so many lies, and I cannot believe that in the 21st century people are getting even more and more religious. How ignorant can humans be? Is there any hope?

Thanks so much for helping me in my liberation process.

Emilio Puentes
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