Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(726)

Jan 30, 2013

Dr. Dawkins,

I'm a 41-year-old white male from Salt Lake City , Utah . I was raised in the Mormon church, though I've always been a deep thinker. I rejected the nonsense fairy tales and outright silliness this church taught at the age I received the "priesthood." That was in 1978, the year the exaulted old farts up in their granite temple bowed to social pressures and finally let blacks hold that same priesthood (lucky fellas).

So I became an agnostic for 30 years, never having the courage to call myself what I really was, an atheist. I would tell people "I believe there may be some intelligence out there, but I reject the Judeo-Christian god with his long white beard and penchant for lightning bolts as a behavior modification tool." After reading The God Delusion, I really felt free from having to keep throwing people the bone about "some intelligence." I am a trained engineer and never really bought any part of the argument from design, but felt kind of obligated to massage the egos of religionists.

So, you have freed me to embrace my non-theism and more importantly, to proudly declare it and explain it to anyone who asks. You are my hero.

Jeff Johnson
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