Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(777)

Jan 30, 2013

Professor Dawkins,

On this last day of 2007 I am looking forward to starting the new year without the myth of god. This comes at the end of a 2 1/2 year search for god. I was a cradle catholic, 8 years of seminary, and at 48 finally realized the lunacy of religion. Am married, with 2 girls, which I hope haven't been permanently damaged by my past attempts to “instill” god in their minds. A brief talk with them on this subject proved promising.

My life has been a battle between what was taught by the church/bible and the reality of life itself. At about 23 I had a brief thought that man created god. I dismissed it at the time (if only I had followed it through). Then 2 1/2 years ago I woke up one morning to the feeling there was no god. So I entered the so-called spiritual “buffet line”, with all it's different books and beliefs. I found that essentially they were all the same. My default setting kicked in and I surmised then that this was the same god in different incarnations.

The last group I was involved with (A Course In Miracles) explained that this was all a dream and we were still asleep in “heaven” as god's son. Quite the escape from life. A dissenter on line mentioned the Hitchens/DeSousa debate. This led to more investigation and to the current 4 Horseman, yourself obviously included. It's like I was waiting for permission to not believe in god, if that makes sense. The brain-washing is thorough in its application. It has been refreshing to say the least. It's like finding out there is no santa claus. Some stories just take longer to play themselves out.

Thank you from mid-america,
Jim (croatcat)
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