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...]

Ask Richard: When “Coming Out” May Affect Others

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Hey Richard, I am about to turn seventeen and have been an atheist for about a year. I grew up with very liberal and easygoing parents, though they did raise me to [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Gay Agnostic Conflicted by Friendship with Evangelist Missionary

Note: To better preserve their privacy, I have randomly given the letter writer and her friend different names. Dear Richard, I grew up in a fundamentalist Christian home, and was raised in the “nurture and admonition of the lord.” My parents sent me to a small, private Christian high school. While I was in college, [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Respecting Beliefs Vs. Respectful Treatment

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 grew up in a seriously fundamentalist Christian home (e.g. we weren’t allowed to watch most kinds of TV or be good friends with non-Christians). Since leaving home, I’ve become [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist’s Parents Say They Can Be Damned to Hell Because of Him

Note: For the last several months, the Ask Richard columns have been posted on Tuesdays and Fridays. They will now be posted on Mondays and Thursdays. Hello Richard, Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I have been transitioning away from religion for some time now (it started in high school), and [Read More...]


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