Last week, I mentioned newly-atheist parents who have still-religious children.
Reader Jon informed me of a slightly different situation his girlfriend is experiencing:
She is 47 and has been an atheist her whole life. Her daughter is 26 and is a born again Christian. She constantly pressures her mother to convert. There is no chance of this happening, but the continuing efforts put a strain on their relationship at times.
The daughter has recently taken to involving the grandkids in this effort. Instead of asking her to go to church herself, she puts the oldest grandchild (who is seven, I think) on the phone to ask Grandma if she will go to church with them.
What’s the proper response from the atheist mother?
Assuming the daughter will never let up, is there a way for their relationship to be reconciled?