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Coming out of the Atheist closet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 9, 2013. 9 Replies

So I'm thinking about telling my very Christian very conservative parents that I am no longer a Christian. I was wondering what other people have done, how it went what you ended up saying. Here is a…Continue

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Tom Sarbeck replied to Matthew mattson's discussion 'Coming out of the Atheist closet'
"Despite the authoritarianism in the Catholic schools my dad sent his kids to, nuns again and again described faith as a gift. When I was able to shrug off the hellfire they'd promised, I started telling people no one had given me that gift. I…"
Jun 9, 2013
SteveInCO replied to Matthew mattson's discussion 'Coming out of the Atheist closet'
"I know it's a nit... but it's principal when it's the most important or first item, and principle when it's a rule."
Jun 9, 2013
Sagacious Hawk replied to Matthew mattson's discussion 'Coming out of the Atheist closet'
"I've been meaning to get to this, I don't know why I haven't yet and if it's too late then disregard the following!, but I'd like to point out a few things and reiterate that everyone else so far has good suggestions. A few…"
Jun 8, 2013
Stutz replied to Matthew mattson's discussion 'Coming out of the Atheist closet'
"Really good advice from previous responses. I would personally try to edit this down to be more direct. You don't want to leave them unclear on your most important point, which is to communicate that you do not believe in God. While you do…"
Jun 8, 2013
Tom Sarbeck replied to Matthew mattson's discussion 'Coming out of the Atheist closet'
"Break it into readable paragraphs."
Jun 7, 2013
Melvinotis replied to Matthew mattson's discussion 'Coming out of the Atheist closet'
"Matthew, I applaud your heart felt thoughts to your parents. Good luck and welcome to TA. I also agree with Strega, your overall tone should be informative, not provocative. Nitpicking, but you want to use the word aids. An aide is a person."
Jun 6, 2013
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Jun 6, 2013
Elon Johnson replied to Matthew mattson's discussion 'Coming out of the Atheist closet'
"Hello, I told them recently and I would give one advice that I should have taken: Make sure that she knows you are an atheist. Your letter seems to put it very clearly, but in my experience, my parents didn't (want to?) believe me. They told me…"
Jun 5, 2013
Strega replied to Matthew mattson's discussion 'Coming out of the Atheist closet'
"Also, here is a link to another current TA forum discussion on the same topic, in case it helps."
Jun 5, 2013
Strega replied to Matthew mattson's discussion 'Coming out of the Atheist closet'
"Hi Matthew, There are a number of people who have asked this question here, and the truth of the matter is simply that we cannot know what your family relationships are like, your reasons for needing to tell your Mom, or indeed enough about you as…"
Jun 5, 2013
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Coming out of the Atheist closet

So I'm thinking about telling my very Christian very conservative parents that I am no longer a Christian. I was wondering what other people have done, how it went what you ended up saying. Here is a draft of a letter I wrote, any ideas.Dear mother,I am at a place in my life where nothing is certain. A place where each decision and each choice sends me to many crossroads. I have much to guide me in choosing these paths, i have my experiences and the sum of the things I have learned both through…See More
Jun 5, 2013
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