Dear Prof. Dawkins,
I don’t know if you will read this, but I thought this a proper place to express my gratitude. It is not too much to say, that your books have indeed changed my life.
Though the works of F. Nietzsche made me a critic of the Catholic Church early on, when I read them at age 17, I have to say that way beyond my 30th birthday I still was susceptible to all weird kinds of esotericism (I guess, that is attributable to my catholic upbringing/indoctrination which in my opinion induces the questionable capacity to accept things as real that are utterly unreasonable or even outright stupid – but make you feel good).
Reading “The Selfish Gene” put an abrupt stop to that. As Mr. Adams put it so wonderfully clear: “The awe it inspired in me made the awe that people talk about in respect of religious experience seem, frankly, silly beside it”. Plus I felt a lasting surge of freedom and excitement and I felt encouraged to inquire ever more into the fantastic realm of reality equipped with the tools of logic and evidence.
Thank you so much for “The God Delusion”, which is such a fantastic and inspiring read (an agnostic friend of mine who studied theology is still afraid to read it – which in my mind proves it is powerful). Without your books I wouldn’t be where I am now, and I like it here (Though geographically it is rural Austria, it doesn’t seem to be as bad as let’s say Utah :-).
I hope so much, that your wonderful books keep on selling and being understood because I am firmly convinced, that they attribute greatly to making the world a more peaceful place to live.
Also thanks for debating publicly with Mr. Lennox (watched it on YT recently), who looks so hilariously pitiable beside you.
All the best