Ask Richard: Gay Agnostic Conflicted by Friendship with Evangelist Missionary

Note: To better preserve their privacy, I have randomly given the letter writer and her friend different names. Dear Richard, I grew up in a fundamentalist Christian home, and was raised in the “nurture and admonition of the lord.” My parents sent me to a small, private Christian high school. While I was in college, [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Respecting Beliefs Vs. Respectful Treatment

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Dear Richard, I grew up in a seriously fundamentalist Christian home (e.g. we weren’t allowed to watch most kinds of TV or be good friends with non-Christians). Since leaving home, I’ve become [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist’s Parents Say They Can Be Damned to Hell Because of Him

Note: For the last several months, the Ask Richard columns have been posted on Tuesdays and Fridays. They will now be posted on Mondays and Thursdays. Hello Richard, Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I have been transitioning away from religion for some time now (it started in high school), and [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Considers Trying to Deconvert His Parents

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Richard, Many thanks for your column at Hemant’s blog. I’ve learned so much about communication and family dynamics from reading your insightful advice. Your column is really a jewel of the atheist [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Young Atheist and His Family Speak Different Languages

Greetings Richard, I am 17 years old. I have been professing Atheism for about 3-4 years now but have only recently ‘come out of the closet’ to my family, who are Protestant Christians. Even as a child, I remember distinctly my questioning of the faith was met with repression for not obeying god’s word. I [Read More...]


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