Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(669)

Jan 30, 2013

I was raised as a baptist, but have been an athiest for many years. It was difficult to shake off my indoctrination, and I spent many a sleepless night pondering the eternal punishment I would suffer for my burgeoning unbelief. So I very much identify with what you've said about the notion of hell being a form of child abuse. and I agree whole-heartedly.

However, I have lied to my family and friends for many years about my beliefs. Your book “The God Delusion”, teamed with Christopher Hitchens' “God is not Great”, Sam Harris' “End of Faith” and “Letter to a Christian Nation”, has helped me gain the confidence to come out of the athiest closet, and I feel I am a better man for having done so.

So, thanks. I am now proud to count myself among the ranks of those who have survived their religious brainwashing, and gone on to embrace reason.

Mattie Gilliland
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