Before reading “The God Delusion” I was an agnostic who had not really taken the time to investigate and draw any conclusions on where I stand. Looking back I don't see how I could have failed to research such an important subject. I guess I was so caught up in my day to day life that I never made time to think on the big questions in life.
Your book was an eye opener! Among other things after reading it I realized I had no idea what evolution really was and how it worked. One of the reasons I had remained agnostic was simply because I did not understand how all the order and beauty in the world could have came about. Now I know. I have gone on to read many of your others books as well as absorbing myself in the books of Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens.
Because of your books I now understand what critical thinking means and how to apply it in my life. It truly is a shame that one has to go outside of a standard education to learn how to think. Also your book has rekindled an interest in science in me that I had forgotten was even there.
In closing, I am now an atheist. As a matter of fact, I am an out of the closet atheist who is glad to share his ideas with everyone around him in the hopes of spreading the truth to others. Thank you so much for writing your books and changing the way I see the world. I am forever in your debt. Keep up the good work!
Is god willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him god?