Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(790)

Jan 30, 2013

Mr. Dawkins,

For as long as I can remember I have stood morally opposed to organized religion, as the cons of such establishments far outweigh their pros. Even still i could not bring my self to denounce god. Only after reading “The God Delusion” did I realize that I was only carrying on the facade of belief for two reasons: Firstly so that society wouldn't view me as godless (which I now equate to reasonable and logical) and secondly because of the belief instilled in me (as a result of cultural pressure) that to question this great mystery of life is an unforgivable sin punishable by an eternity in hell. I, like most other people I know, have always let religion slide through my metaphorical netting of reason and logic.

You (and all scientists valiantly seeking truth and answers) have opened my eyes to the magnificence of the world we live in and the lives we lead. I realize now how infinitesimal the chances of life are, and living in this time period where we have answers (if we choose to embrace them) is truly something to appreciate. Why should one spend their lives serving something in which they serve out of fear? Why not dedicate ones existence to knowledge in order to understand where we truly do come from and what really does make us tick instead of accepting what some authority figure told us when we were impressionable children?

Your efforts are valiant Mr. Dawkins, and for humanities sake I hope that you are fondly spoken of many generations from now, for that will mean that we have taken a step in the right direction towards a world without religion. A world of expanded mind, knowledge and technology; all of which are hindered if not halted by religion. Likewise, a world lacking in terrorism, genocide, and hate; all of which are condoned if not encouraged by religion.

Thank you for your efforts.

Robert Meek

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