Ask Richard: A Young Atheist Doctor Responding to Religious Patients

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I am an atheist secular humanist. I am also a physician in my last year of residency in a “Bible Belt” area and, while I have gotten a fantastic medical education, I have not found any good role models to help me address [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Do I Really Need To Be An Atheist?

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I have a complicated issue and I was hoping that you could offer some insight so I can make an informed decision. I am an “on-the-fence” atheist, but I don’t want to be atheist. I turned towards atheism several months ago, but before [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Atheist’s Boyfriend Doesn’t Take Her Views Seriously

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I have been a fence sitter for a long time. It’s only been this last year that I came to terms with my disbelief. Saying I’m an atheist hasn’t been easy. Most people still don’t know. The subject doesn’t come up. Which I [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Teen Suicide’s Atheism Concealed by His Parents

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, My high school has recently been shocked by the suicide of one of my fellow students. Though I did not know him extremely well, I knew that he was an atheist like myself. This has not only made me wish I had known [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Former Minister Grieves the Loss of Her Faith

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, Thank you for being there (in “The Friendly Atheist”) when I finally realized I was grieving the loss of my faith. After a lifetime of service to the Presbyterian Church, including three years in seminary and seven years in pastoral ministry, it left [Read More…]