From Pastor to Apostate

A reader shares this story of a former friend and pastor: When I was a young teenager I followed a boy I had a crush on to his church youth group. I went for less than a school year. At first it was all about impressing the boy, then when I learned what they truly [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Am I a Hypocrite in a Group of Christian Mothers?

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Hi, I am a mother of two preschoolers. I am an Atheist. Those two things often isolate me on their own, but together, I often feel completely alone. To make my isolation worse, we recently moved to a new place, with no friends or family [Read More...]

Becoming an Atheist at a Christian University

David Manes is currently a law student in Pittsburgh. He graduated from a Christian college. He was a Christian when he went in but very different when he came out… I have a bit part in the story, but even without that, I think it’s a really inspirational post. Reading it, I was reminded of [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Coming Out to Family and Friends Without Offending

Hello Richard, I am new to this, but would like to know what you think. I was raised in a Christian home, but since being an adult, I do not believe in what Christians call God. Whenever I questioned my family, they would tell me I had to get on my knees and beg God [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Surrounded by a Trio of Reproachful Believers

Dear Richard, I am now an ‘almost’ recovered former evangelical Christian. I say ‘almost’ because I am not really 100% certain that my former beliefs aren’t true but I see no evidence for them. Anyway now my wife is not happy with me and my mother wrote me a scathing letter full of Bible scriptures [Read More...]