Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(846)

Jan 30, 2013

Dear Richard,

I have just completed your book and found it very inspiring and thus you have knocked me off the fence. I am an American and I have been an Atheist for as long as I can remember. I was fortunate to have parents who let me make up my mind on religion. I don't think this was intentional, I think it was rather inattentiveness. I think that they were sorting out the whole religion thing themselves and could not spare me the time on the subject. After my parents divorced my father converted. He got my brother and myself every other weekend and he dragged us to church every weekend. My brother went willingly, but I thought it was a huge waste of time. I would ask him about the frequent contradictions that came up in sermons and he would attempt to answer, but his new fire and brimstone wife would just shut both of us up. She was a nice enough woman most of the time, but her ardent Christianity just turned my stomach. It seemed that she could not make it through the day without mentioning Christ at least ten times a day.
Personally I have always had a great interest in science. I guess by American standards I am a true geek and I am a huge fan of Douglas Adams, and was greatly saddened by his premature death. One really bad think about living in America is that everyone around you tries to make you feel guilty for being an atheist. After being browbeaten so many times and being constantly forced to defend my decision to defend my position on religion, I retreated to the relative calm of agnosticism and remained their for many years. Your book however, has given me the courage to declare my Atheism to the world. I don't expect I will be doing anything rash like shouting from rooftops or anything, but if I am asked I will reasonably and calmly tell them that I am indeed an atheist.

Thank you so much!

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