Christian dating an atheist


It can be the hardest at Christmas, particularly since my daughter has chosen my husband's "side" in the spirituality debate, thanks to her deeply alternative school (full of anarchist vegan atheists) even though she came to church with me extensively when she was little (we let her choose her spiritual stance without judgement; we're THOSE parents).

This causes a lot of changing channels between the two competing radio stations that play holiday music when we're all in the car.

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When I was a kid, my mother and I joined a very large "non-denominational" Christian Church, one of the earliest versions of the Mega Churches that exist today. I was in the children's choir, the community was lovely, and we sang from a song book with drawings of long-haired hippies.

Everything was great until politics began to creep in and the church began hosting speakers like Jerry Falwell, the ultraconservative pastor and political pundit.

So, let me offer one standard for your should, and that being the positiveness and longevity of the relationship you want to have.

As a psychologist, let me tell you what the psychological literature has suggested about religion in your romantic relationships.

As Jean Paul Sartre, my favorite atheist, affirmed, it’s hard as an atheist to affirm any standard for morality — a place to get your “shoulds” from — ultimately they’re all arbitrary since nothing for an atheist is absolute.