Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(659)

Jan 30, 2013

Hello,

Although not strictly a convert (I have always been an atheist, or have at least always challenged the idea of a god), I have found the God Delusion to be a thrilling and thought-provoking read (well, listen. I bought the audiobook on cd). Very many good points were raised, and few could be argued. I would like to say that you are a very brave man. Although some of your points are shared by many, surely theists are the last people in the world you would want to “tick-off?” As you describe in your final chapters they are (not wholly, but for the main part) some of the most vindictive people on the planet, who like nothing less than to be disproved. In fact one of my own theories is that (again, as you surmise in your final chapters) with the indoctrinatoin of children from a very young age, surely pride is at stake when, after decades of teachings about god and his morals someone comes along and basically proves that everything you have known is a lie. That is like someone approaching yourself and proclaiming that there is no such thing as medicine. This has been going on through time, as with many breakthroughs in science i.e. the earth is round, everyone has their own personal time, we are distantly related to apes etc… This, I think, is the case throughout the world. No one likes to be proved wrong, but on a point as massive as one's belief structure, that's gotta hurt!

To finish, I hope one day day meet you in person, if not to bandy around some theories (a pan-dimensional god?) then simply to shake your hand.

Yours “Faithfully”

Owain Williams
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