Ask Richard: New Unbeliever Distracted by Anger Toward Preacher

Dear Mr. Richard, How are you? After reading your posts on Friendly Atheist I decided to contact you with a problem of my own. First a little history leading up to my dilemma. It has been a long, hard slog to were I am at now. I started as a somewhat skeptical, but otherwise convinced, [Read More…]

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Here’s a nice service for anyone who has sincere questions about atheism or how to get through the day without a god — a site called With one click… you can get started. Just give us some basic information, before you know it, you’ll be connected with an atheist that can answer any questions [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Should We Deceive Our Aging Religious Grandmother?

Hi Richard, My wife and I are both atheists. I’ve been open about it since my very early teens, but prior to meeting me a little over four years ago, my wife “Annie” had generally lived her life not thinking too much about religion. She didn’t buy the stories, but went along with her family, [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Parents Rendered Deaf by the Word “Atheist”

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I’m 18 years old, and have been an atheist since I was about 13, although back then I certainly wasn’t the confident, unashamed non-believer that I am today. I am fortunate enough to have been raised in a very liberal and open-minded household; [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Apostate Couple Called Satanists by Members of Former Church

Note: Letter writer’s names are changed to protect their privacy. Kate wrote a long letter, the first part of which I am summarizing: She was born into a basically non-observant Catholic family. When she began dating her husband-to-be in high school, she was completely uninterested in religion, and he was nominally a Christian. They got [Read More…]