Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(694)

Jan 30, 2013

Professor Dawkins,

I would sincerely like to give you my profound thanks for writing the books that you have. I am 17 years old and recently became a fervent atheist after reading “The God Delusion”.

Since middle school I've been accelerated in science and math courses. As I enter my senior year of high school this fall, I'll be taking a vector calculus course at my local university. I scored a 35 composite on the ACT. Despite this love of science, however, I was a confident Methodist up until the last couple months.

I've since realized that I simply hadn't thought about the religion which I was brought up in. I credulously accepted the spurious claims of my parents without more than a second thought. Nevertheless, “The God Delusion” struck a chord with me. I read it immediately after having read “The Demon Haunted World” by Carl Sagan. Since this awakening, my life has change dramatically. Last week I saw a creationist booth on the pedestrian mall of my city. I challenged the spokesperson immediately in front of roughly 20 people on the subject of radioactive dating, and I'm proud to say that after the discourse a bystander approached me and said that they were interested in learning more about atheism. I can't thank you enough for opening my eyes and my mind. I'll do my best to spread your — our — message.

Jared Stewart
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