Ask Richard: Young Atheist Considers Leaving Church and Coming Out

Dear Richard, I’m a high school student, and while my parents know this, my Christian mother insists on sending me to church Youth Group every Friday. It doesn’t really bother me, but submitting to church feels as though I’m submitting to my mother. She believes that this is a “phase” and that it will “disappear” [Read More...]

Ask Richard: A Young Woman, a Muslim Boyfriend, and Two Hysterical Parents

Dahlia wrote a long and eloquent letter which I have edited and paraphrased for space reasons. For greater anonymity, I have changed her name. Dear Richard, I’m an 18 year old girl from Sweden and I’m in my last year in high school. I’m not really an atheist myself, but I have read Friendly Atheist [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Isolating to Avoid Superstitious People

Dear Richard, I recently “came out” as an atheist and it has been somewhat difficult on a number of fronts. Although I have been skeptical of religion for many years both as gut instinct that it was self-serving, and rational analysis that what they teach is nearly impossible, when I finally decided to officially tell [Read More...]

Ask Richard: New Atheist Feels Insecure Discussing Beliefs With Family

Dear Richard, I’ve been an Atheist for only a year or so now. Before, I claimed myself an Agnostic, in fear of completely doubting the existence of God, and before that being a devoted Christian. My mother passed away when I was only 16 from a terminal illness, which sort of set forth my disbelief [Read More...]

Ask Richard: My Brother-in-Law is Deconverting While Fighting in Iraq

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. My name is Aaron and I’ve been an atheist for almost 1 and a half years. I’m almost 25 and was raised my entire life in a fundamentalist Christian church. I married [Read More...]


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