Dear Professor Dawkins,
I was born and raised a Jehovah’s Witness for 16 years until I decided to leave on my own because I started to disagree with their policies. Still convinced to be a Christian, I looked through many other religions in search of the “right one”. Being unable to find the “right” religion, I spent a few years as an agnostic. I still wasn’t ready to turn down the idea of God, but I really wasn’t sure what I quite believed in.
Just last year I stumbled upon your book The God Delusion. Reading in disbelief, I tried to justify my belief in God, but I found that I just couldn’t. The book made too much sense to me. I tried to fight this idea of atheism, but as I continued to read on I found that atheism made too much sense to deny. As a result of reading your book, I had a new revolution in my life. I was saved, not by Jesus Christ, but through thinking rationally, exploring science, and opening up my mind to nonbelief. After spending years on anti-depression medication and contemplating suicide, I became an atheist and, as a result, I was able to stop taking the medication and have found a new and much deeper appreciation for life.
Even though everyone in my family believes in God and I have no atheist friends, I am very proud to be an atheist. Thinking rationally and logically has not only saved my life but helped me develop a new appreciation for it altogether. I’m not afraid to voice my opposition to religion, nor am I afraid to share my story to others of how I was “saved”, just not in the traditional sense.
I want to thank you Dr. Dawkins for your work in biology and helping myself and others think rationally.