Dear Prof. Dawkins,
Reading your book The God Delusion was a turning point in my life. I was raised as a Jehovah's witness and was baptized at 18. All my life I have been very curious about almost everything , and I would spend a lot of time contemplating deep questions about god, the nature of the universe and our place in it. But this only led to more questions, and when I would turn to the witnesses for answers I would get only superficial ones.
Eventually I drifted away from the religion, but the beliefs I had been indoctrinated with lingered.
Recently I read your book and It wasn't long until I encountered sections involving Evolution. My automatic response whenever I encountered this theory had been to disregard it offhand as nonsense. But for the first time it occurred to me that I didn't really know much about it. So I looked for a book on evolution, and soon discovered The Selfish Gene. I couldn't put it down. As I began to get my head around the concept of evolution and natural selection it was as if someone was lifting a blindfold from my eyes. Suddenly so many of my questions were answered so simply and elegantly. Truly to see the world as an evolutionist is more beautiful, more breathtaking, and far more fascinating than anything I was taught as a child.
I wanted to thank you. The things I learnt as a child were so deeply ingrained that, until I read The God Delusion, I didn't realize questioning them was an option. I am now a member of the Australian Atheists.
Perth – Australia