Today I made my first appeal to a Christian as an atheist and posted a comment on this blog,
which was flagged up by a commenter on Pharyngula and has now been picked up Richard Dawkins website and others. Up until now I have been something of a lurker :-) I have not been active, only an observer and have never jumped in at the deep end until now. I am a committed and convinced atheist, but there are so many strands to that atheism, which has developed over a long time that I have never really expressed any of it until now. On this occasion I spoke from the heart and this is what I wrote.
"Please read 'A History of God' by Karen Armstrong. Believe nothing bad will happen if you do this, you will not burn in the eternal flames, you will merely have the scales fall from your eyes and begin to understand the terrible fraud that has been perpetrated on you. When you have read that go on to read more of the modern research that has been done in the fields of astronomy, archaeology, biology, geology, physics and neuroscience etc and start to understand and live this amazing experience of life those of us so lucky to have been born alive and against all the odds stacked against us are fortunate to have.
Live it to the full, without the fear and terror you are experiencing now. Let your daughter grow up happy, loving and loved. You and she have not existed for 4 billion years, your life will cease again in but a very short space of time and you will cease to exist for another unknown billion years. Is this really how you want to experience this incredible spark of life, which lasts but a mere eyeblink in the great eons of time which stretch out behind us and in front of us?
You need to stop feeling so guilty for the abortion you had when you were younger, which all this angst stems from and give your daughter a cuddle.
MY heart goes out to you and I hope you can free yourself from the dreadful mindset of slavery you have inflicted upon yourself, for your daughters sake."
I would just like to know, never having done this before, what you think. I hope this does not seem too silly:-)