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November 07, 2017
Ask Richard: My Girlfriend is a Creationist; Is There Hope for Our Relationship?
What do you do when your partner's beliefs are radically different from your own? Richard...
October 23, 2017
Ask Richard: Atheist Abused as a Child Faces Religious Pestering and Badgering
How do you come out as an atheist when those around you tell you that...
October 11, 2017
Pat Robertson: Your Son Wouldn’t Be an Atheist If You Weren’t an Awful Parent
"You haven't raised him very well if he's going into atheism right now," said the...
September 18, 2017
Ask Richard: Atheist Faces Emotional Abuse from Hyper-Religious Mother
Should the writer continue a religious charade just to keep the peace at home?
July 04, 2017
Ask Richard: Should I Fake-Convert to Catholicism to Calm My Boyfriend’s Family?
"Should I break up with him to avoid the pain that may come from his...
May 08, 2017
Ask Richard: Atheist Sisters Brace For Rejection by Parents and Family
Should a young woman, whose Church of Christ preacher father looks down on her due...
March 13, 2017
Ask Richard: Are There Non-Religious Therapy Options for an Atheist Divorcé in the Bible Belt?
A recently divorced atheist living in the Bible Belt wants to know how to overcome...
March 06, 2017
Ask Richard: Atheist and His Religious Sister Need to Negotiate Agreement About Her Children
What should you do when your sister says atheists are a bad influence on her...
February 28, 2017
Ask Richard: High School Student Faces Dilemma Over Reporting School’s Church/State Violations
Should a high school student report her school after teachers invited a Christian comedian to...
February 27, 2017
Ask Richard: Atheist Mother of Four Says “Coming Out” Could Mean Difficulties for Her Family
Should a 50-year-old atheist mother of four tell her extended family about her non-belief, or...
February 06, 2017
Ask Richard: Older Atheists Have Difficulties with Their Religious Families, Too (Part 2 of 2)
A 61-year-old former seminary student wants to know if there's a way to tell his...
January 30, 2017
Ask Richard: Older Atheists Have Difficulties with Their Religious Families, Too (Part 1 of 2)
It doesn't matter how old you are. Some people will always say your atheism is...
January 05, 2017
Ask Richard: Atheist Student Struggles with Ethics Around Coming Out to the Family
Should a 21-year-old college student come out as an atheist to his family? He wants...
November 01, 2016
Pastor John Piper: Jesus Didn’t Need Porn To Get It Up for the Church, So Stop Watching It
It's what you've been waiting for: advice from Pastor John Piper on whether or not...
September 19, 2016
Ask Richard: Should Atheist Student Go to College or Take Care of Mother During Chemotherapy?
A 20-year-old atheist wonders whether she should return to school or be with her mother...
August 16, 2016
Ask Richard: Catholic Wife in Midst of Divorce Asks About Her Husband’s Atheism
After decades of marriage, a Catholic woman and her now-atheist husband are getting divorced and...
July 07, 2016
How to Respond When Your Child is Rejected Because of Her Atheism
What do you do when your child, raised as an atheist, tells you her friend...
October 25, 2015
Young Atheist Told to Just Be Herself in Dear Abby Column
I don't always expect much from nationally syndicated advice columnists... but Dear Abby gave a...
September 25, 2015
How Non-Believers Can Make the Most of Religious Services
Whether you’re an atheist, agnostic, skeptic, or all of the above, there's a good chance...
March 02, 2015
Richard Dawkins’ Best Piece of Advice? Break Out of the “Anesthetic of Familiarity”
British "self-help guru" Paul McKenna has an interview show on the Television Four channel (think...
February 27, 2015
Slate Advice Columnist: Young Atheist Should Write Unnecessary Essay to Get Out of Going to Sunday School
Yesterday, a letter was published in Slate's advice column "Dear Prudence" from a mother whose...
February 17, 2015
Ask Richard: Parents Pressure Atheist to Persuade Her Sister to Have a Catholic Wedding
Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Hi Richard, I've never actually...
December 23, 2014
Columnist Nails Response to Mother Upset That Her Son’s Wants a Non-Religious Wedding Ceremony
Since the suggestions traditional advice columnists dole out about atheists are often cringe-worthy, it's always...
August 13, 2014
Ask Richard: British Teen Atheist Enduring Muslim Exorcisms
Note: I have altered a few details of this letter to better conceal the writer’s...
July 28, 2014
Ask Richard: Atheist with Terminal Cancer Faces Several Decisions
Dear Richard, Two days ago, I was diagnosed with brain cancer for the 3rd time...
July 14, 2014
Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 5: Amy Dickinson
Our latest podcast guest is Amy Dickinson, best known as the syndicated columnist behind "Ask...
May 05, 2014
Ask Richard: Grandmother Proselytizing Young Boy Behind His Atheist Parents’ Backs
Dear Richard, My mother is a practicing Pentecostal Christian and has recently begun heavily witnessing...
January 24, 2014
A Pastor Responds to a Question About Prayer in Schools with an Unusually Excellent Answer
Usually, when I link to an advice column, it's because the advice-giver said something so...
January 06, 2014
Ask Richard: Atheist Outs Himself on First Date; She Rejects Him After They’re in Love
**Updated** Dear Richard, My girlfriend just broke up with me suddenly due to my lack...
November 10, 2013
Christian Blogger Responds to Questionable Advice About Sex with Even Worse Advice
Ah, sex ed. There are few high school subjects that can make teenagers so uncomfortable,...
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