A few years ago, when I was just becoming a teen (I am 19 now), I was a slave to trends. A sheep along with everyone else. Now all my life I was raised secular, with out a god mentioned in the household, my classmates got wind of this and bugged me, and bugged me to become a xtian and come to church with them. After a few weeks I was so frustrated that I caved in. I was a xtian, and my view on the world grew narrow. All the answers I saught could not be saught, they didn't need seeking as the simple answer of “God did it, and God Said so” crept into my mind. Soon I began to question more as it is in my nature to do so and the “God did it and God said so” answer no longer fit.
I read the old testament and other religious novels like the Qu'ran, the Torah, and even Dianetics for more answers. They all said the same thing. “Do what this book says and you won't burn in Hell”.
Eventually I reverted back to my natural state of an Atheist because religion could not answer my questions, and teachers were getting fed up of me writing “God did it” on my tests. That was a joke.
I am now in College and now working to expand my mind further than I could in my home in the podunk farming community in Southern Michigan. My College Library had both “The Blind Watchmaker” and “The God Delusion”, and I got half way done before I had to turn it in at the end of the term. I really saverd the flavor of those books. I would like to have my own copies but, college kids these days are pretty poor.
I dont think that I would have made it to College as an Atheist as my mind was so deluded and full of garbage from xtianity that I would have ended up becoming irrational and talking a job at a local church right after High School.
Thank you for your books Mr. Dawkins and may you write more.
…An Atheist among Evangelicals