My son is dating an atheist

She would “get over it” just as she had gotten over Beanie Babies, alternative rock bands and her nasty obsession with wearing all black.“I can remember being wary of organized religion, even when I was quite young,” she said. But I kept praying because I thought it was what I was supposed to do. The goal was to start a conversation, explained church administrator Kay Pettygrove. I just rolled my eyes and smugly said, “Well, God isn’t finished with you yet.” I was certain that her “lapse” in faith would not last long. Some would say we failed not only God, but also our child. Kenda Creasy Dean, United Methodist pastor, author and professor of youth, church and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, understands the frustrations both parents and children face when their religious worldviews do not match.

“If I were an honest teenager, there are times I wouldn’t have wanted to be there either.

Wait a minute, maybe we aren’t so different after all! Everyone has the ability to relate to the fervent wholeness of faith, and to understand how it can permeate every aspect of one’s life.

You don’t have to share the same faith to know how your spouse feels about their spiritual connection.

It might be a really good idea to first find an independent atheist friend (not one of his friends not your mutual friends), or a therapist and have a practice session or 6 with this preface: I'd like to have ^This^ discussion (define terms and purpose of discussion from your perspective) with my husband, how do I go about it. This is an insanely difficult skill, but it is critical to having an honest discussion vs.

These are tough discussions because they involve our deepest beliefs, and exploring/dissecting them and their foundations can be really scary. an attempt at conversion.6) Don't worry about "your turn" you are exploring curiously, the person you love and committed to.

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