Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(930)

Jan 30, 2013

Professor Dawkins,

I find it highly interesting that the tale of Douglas Adams' conversion as published in the Salmon Of Doubt is the first anecdote related on this page. I was raised Presbyterian (which ironically enough seems to preach learning about the scriptures, a sure-fire way to start doubting their ineffability), and pushed into an extremely fundamental Christian Junior High School. I took up the charge, 5/6-heartedly, of the crusading army of God into my Jesuit High School. There I was forced to take a religion class every semester and, naturally, the more one learns about religions and Christianity in general with even a semi-open mind, the more one asks questions that have never had answers. Finally I began attending a Methodist University, although the religion aspect does not really come into play at this level of education. I took religion courses and began questioning even more of the dogma, but I eventually hit the point of, to steal a phrase from Kevin Smith, dogma is dogshit, but I still believed in God, just in case. Finally, one day, while driving home from a friend's, admittedly under the influence of a certain banned herbal remedy, I listened to Simon Jones' audiobook reading of The Salmon Of Doubt and came upon Douglas' extemporaneous speech about “Is There An Artificial God?” After hearing his metaphor about the puddle so desperately hanging on to the notion that the world is created for it and everything is as it ought to be until the moment of its complete destruction, I was irrevocably atheized. Praise Douglas.



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