Dear Cliff Walker
I found your site through some link to the big quotes page. I
decided to write this email because you've done a great job which I really
appreciate and I wanted you to know that. Hopefully my email is only one of the
thousands of this sort, so I don't expect you to reply.
Actually I read a few articles and after that I downloaded the
whole thing so I have time to look into it thoroughly. I found the articles and
other stuff very intelligent, well organized and comprehensive. Your devotion to
the subject is really impressive. All I can say is: WOW
Keep it up! You've done a lot more for the public by now than most of us can
even dream of.
I believe it's very important that people understand what atheism
really is, so that they don't have to rely on stereotypes and lies popularized
by anti-atheists. Also it's very important that atheists see their ideas
collected and presented as a coherent system. The very notion of
positive atheism suggests that it isn't merely rejection but an
independent way of thinking that needs no religious opponents to justify itself.
Your site is a great help for all atheists who try to defend their views against
I was brought up as a Christian which I took really seriously. I
was continuously seeking for proofs of what I considered right and trying to
find reasonable ways to avoid what I couldn't believe in. A few years ago I
reached a point where I had to admit that no such proof exists and all of what I
accepted as true and important in Christianity could be equally derived from
less incredible ideas. What I liked (and I still do) in Christianity was
actually the strong ethics of it, except of course racism, sexism, etc. I used
to consider myself as agnostic, to be precise: theist agnostic first, atheist
agnostic later. Now I'm tempted to simply say I'm an atheist.
I've changed a lot but I never had any crisis of faith. It happened
gradually and naturally; no bad conscience or such. However, I had trouble
defining my new views. I still felt the desire to have a well-defined
philosophic system which atheism seemed to be the opposite of. Your site helped
me a lot in finding and accepting my own way. Seeing that I'm not alone and lots
of work has been done to support atheist ideas.
"The reasonable man
adapts himself to the world,
the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt
the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends
on the unreasonable man."
G. B. Shaw