Ask Richard: Advice For a Freethinker Entering Middle School

Dear Richard, What advice would you offer to a young freethinker about to start her first year of middle school? Best regards, A Freethinking Mom Middle School Too soon, too soon, childhood dies, Too far away adulthood lies. The long, perplexing in-between Can be so tender and so mean. No longer boy, but not yet [Read More...]

Why Atheist Outreach is So Important

There are many reasons it’s so important to have ever-expanding atheist outreach. One of the biggest is that it encourages people to come out of the closet. Reader Melissa sent me this email that I wanted to share: First, I came out to the evangelicals who came to my door last Easter. It was actually [Read More...]

Ask Richard: An Atheist Hesitates to Visit a Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Dear Richard, I have been an atheist for several years now. I have three younger children, all under the age of ten. I grew up a fundamentalist Christian in a “spirit filled” evangelical church. Everyone I have ever known was a Christian. I live in a small town and the closest group of atheists is [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Gets Entangled in a Church

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Is it dangerous to join a church out of pure social interest? This weekend, I attended a very small conservative church with a friend of mine. The women wear scarves over their [Read More...]

Ask Richard: My Father Nags Me to Go to Church

Dear Richard, I am a 20 year old student living with my father. He’s a Christian, with very firm beliefs. Recently, he’s been pushing me to join a church. He believes that joining a church would be extremely beneficial to me. However, he doesn’t know I’m agnostic, except for my sister, no one in my [Read More...]


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