Ask Richard: Songwriter Famous for Christian Music is Secretly an Atheist

Dear Richard, I’m an atheist, and although I’ve only been reading The Friendly Atheist for a couple of months, I suspect my situation is unique: I’m actually famous, literally, for the Christian music I used to write and perform. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the son of a conservative, Christian pastor. I began [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Teen Atheist Faces Pressure to Attend Confirmation

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 am thirteen, almost fourteen years old, and recently my parents have been bugging me about confirmation. At the church that I attend (for social reasons), children are confirmed during [Read More...]

Ask Richard: A Young Atheist, a Baha’i Egyptian Girl, and Her Father

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 have been seeing an Egyptian girl of the Baha’i faith for about one year. It has gotten serious enough that she decided to tell her father that she was [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Teen Atheist Daughter of Muslim Parents

Dear Richard, Both of my parents are Muslim. They were born and raised Muslim, and they have decided to continue this tradition with their children. The problem is, though, that I am an atheist. Even better, I’m a 17-year old girl. I live in the U.S. It took me a long time to even admit [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist’s Family Finds Out, Shuts Out, Loses Out

Dear Richard, I always read your advice letters and they always seem to make sense, so I felt you would be the best person to seek advice from. A month ago, I went out of town to visit the university I will be attending in the fall. When I came home, my family began acting [Read More...]


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