Dear Mr Dawkins/RDF Staff,
I am 46 years old and I have always believed I did not have a scientific mind, having only ever worked in the arts. When pointing out my Christian fundamentalist girlfriend’s ‘blind faith’ to her, given she had no tangible proof of the existence of god, she (rightly so) pointed out that I could not argue in a scientific manner, the logic of evolution and so therefore I also only had blind faith, thus I was a hypocrite. She pointed out that I could only stand by other people’s findings and was not able to back it up with any findings of my own. This embarrassed me, because it was true.
In truth, I have never bothered to look into it very deeply because I have always considered the whole argument to be a bothersome waste of my time. I just thought it best to just stay away from these people and make the best of my 70-80 years alive on this planet (if I am lucky). But a romance with an otherwise intelligent Christian girl, which gave me an insight into the damage caused by her spiritual advisers and her own misguided beliefs led me to think about my own complacency about the whole matter.
Yesterday I bought myself a copy of ‘The God Delusion’ and also a text book of mathematical equations, starting with very simple examples and working up to more difficult ones. Hopefully I have made a start into what seems to be really difficult field of study. I really don’t know where else to begin. Mathematics, physics and science has always seemed out of reach for a mind like mine.
I realise that the main impetus for wanting a deeper understanding of science is to qualify my own stance on the religious debate. Whether this is noble or not, I don’t know. Maybe in my search, something far greater, that only science can explain, will become apparent to me and the whole god debate will be left behind altogether.
Lastly, I just want to point out a strange anomaly. As an atheist, it baffles me that much of my favourite music is heavily steeped in religious faith. I expect there is no answer other than to point towards my own tastes and sense of beauty, but I am always disappointed when I hear a musician thanking god for their ‘gift’ when I see their talent as a result of drive, hard work, dedication, and unique understanding.
Kind regards and much respect to all at The Richard Dawkins Foundation