He wants to be a jesuit priest. I told him I was an atheist, and he was a little surprised, but he thought it was interesting, and I thought that everything was ok and he was alright with it.
I think I was wrong.
He keeps telling me I'm not an atheist. I've tried explaining the difference between agnostic and atheist, and how I'm in fact an agnostic atheist, but he insists I'm simply an agonostic.
The other night he told me that if we ever had a falling out, it would be because of this. He said he's been doing research on it, and I don't know what to do when he gives it to me. I'll probably be able to refute it.
I don't want to lose him as my friend, but I'm worried he'll get so caught up in my disbelief that he won't be able to see past it. My current thought is to just say I won't discuss it with him, but I feel like that'll make the problem worse later on...
Thank you all for the wonderful advice and personal stories. I was feeling a bit alone here, seeing as everyone around me either believes in god or is convinced atheists are evil (don't worry, I'm working on disarming the stigma.)
Thank you guys for reassuring me I'm not alone in this and that there are other people that have gone through this. I'll be sure to post updates as they occur!
I'm with you my friend, WE all are!!!