A Priest and an Atheist…

…in love?

Bill is studying to be an Anglican priest. His ex-girlfriend is an atheist. She supported his faith when they were together, but obviously, this discrepancy was a heavy burden on the relationship.

They’re on a break, but they’re still in love. (“She joked that I was giving her up for Lent,” says Bill.)

Bill said in an email:

I won’t pretend our “faith gap” doesn’t complicate things, and at times it does bother me that she can’t personally share in many of the most sacred moments of my life. Still at times I wonder if my concerns are all in my head, perhaps as the result of my own vanity or pride.

There’s a fascinating discussion about this (with Bill taking part) at the Off the Map discussion board.

Bill does believe faith and science can be reconciled. He has also said to me:

I know there are a lot of narrow minded Christians out there who use their faith as a cudgel and who can’t reconcile science and reason with faith. I regret that, in part because I think it’s simply rude and in part because it is not the faith I know and live. I also know that a lot of atheists can be similarly narrow minded, unfriendly and rude.

And he’s right about that.

If you would like to respond to this situation, I’m sure your comments would be appreciated in the forum.


[tags]atheist, atheism, Anglican, priest, relationship, love, faith, religion, Off the Map, Christian, science[/tags]

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  • Fastrfireballelm

    I am studying to be an Anglican priest in Canada. I woke up this morning and the minute I opened my eyes I said “why am I doing this or why do I need to do this” The funny thing about Anglican seminary is that they put you through all of these studies to prove than their is no God. Ever feel that way?