No longer closeted

May 23, 2016

I read “The god Delusion” two years ago and it took me down a serious path that I came to care about. I didn’t necessarily become magically successful because I read this book, but I felt not so alone in my beliefs. I live in the Bible Belt of the U.S., so being an atheist is more chastised than just about anything. However, I’ve always questioned why God would let terrible things happen. Why he made them happen.

I was 10 years old when I first came to the idea that maybe there isn’t a god. The same year I brought the question to my mother, “who created God?” Obviously, no answer that I was given sufficed. I kept my beliefs a secret until I read “The god Delusion.” It wasn’t until my mother told me that she would pray for me that I finally gave a glimpse of my secular angst, if you will. I hated that. “Pray for me? Pray for yourself.”

I eventually told my mother. My father found out despite careful consideration in all of their conversations about me and I haven’t felt more free. Uncloseted.

Your book helped me take a burden off of myself and legitimately changed my life. I just thought that it would be good to let you know that you’ve made an impact.

Thank you.

Lucas B

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