a reluctant atheist

I'm an atheist who wishes she wasn't. Life would be so much easier!

Why I’m a Reluctant Atheist


I’m an atheist. There, I’ve said it. I’ve probably been an atheist for years, but it took me a long time to admit it even to myself, and I’m certainly not going to admit it to the world at large, or even my little corner of it. It would rock my world in a number of unpleasant ways, not the least of which would be the shock and disappointment I’d see in the faces of my own family. But over the last months I’ve come to realize that I need to talk about WHY I’m an atheist and why it’s so hard for me to be my real self in a community and a country that’s predominently Christian and darned proud of it. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with Christianity and I have a great deal of respect for those who do believe. To be honest, I wish I had their faith. But I don’t. I can’t.


2 thoughts on “Why I’m a Reluctant Atheist

  1. Wow! Just discovered your blog and all I can say is, wow! That is exactly the predicament that i find myself in at this time of my life. I am not ashamed of my atheism and I would happily discuss it with a neutral listener, but my family and friends are far from neutral. I cannot speak honestly with them. Thank you for creating this site.

    • Monique, I’m glad you found your way to my site. I’m just getting started, but I have years of thoughts saved up that I’m hoping to share. I’m also hoping to find like-minded friends online, as it does get lonely being the only atheist in your circle!

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