THANK YOU. Thank you for liberating me.
I was turned onto your books by my father: an engineer, progressive thinker, and atheist. Prior to reading them and discussing the content with both people who share our viewpoint and those who do not, I had never really given much thought to the idea that there might not be a god. I had always just assumed that there was. Nobody had ever told me anything to the contrary. However, as I grew older, I began to embrace the skepticism that was instilled in me by my father. I started to look at the facts. In doing so, it became clear to me that there is not any factual information that points to, or supports these biblical theories of a divine creator, or god. Actually, the facts point to exactly the opposite.
Currently, I am 25 years old, and attend the California State University of Fullerton in Southern California. Even while at school, it boggles my mind how many of my fellow classmates refuse to deviate from the religious ideals that have been infused in them from an early age. Despite what the hard work of scientists from all over of the globe has shown us to be true, many of my peers claim to be certain that we are here only because a god put us here. And that certainty is what bothers me. I don’t believe that there is much at all we can be certain of. In a world that relies so heavily on things such as science and technology, it doesn’t make any sense to me how so many people allow what they are told by a religious figure to take a front seat to what science has shown us to be fact. I think that this method of thought is not only foolish, but dangerous.
I truly hope that as I grow older, I will begin to see the world around me change for the better. The problem is, before we can change anyone’s train of thought, people have to be willing to listen. As of right now, many people are not only unwilling to engage in a debate about the topic, but they are also unwilling to take into consideration that what they believe, may in fact not be true. Instead of being so sure and certain, I urge people to be skeptical and doubtful.
I want to thank you, Mr. Dawkins. My life is so much better without religion being a part of it. I feel liberated. I feel that I can truly live my life for me, the way that I want to live it. Your works have inspired me to not only reevaluate my own beliefs, but also opened my eyes to what a better place this planet would be without the hypocrisies of religion. I can assure you that as long as I am around, which should be a little while considering that I’m only 25 years old at this point in time, I will be fighting and arguing for this cause.
Ever so sincerely,
Douglas Wellington Rounds