I’m a 50-ish, married, mother of four and a professional. I have a nice career, a nice home, good friends, a wonderful husband and a loving family. I’m fortunate enough to have a great relationship with my parents and grandparents. Most of these relationships are based at least partly on everyone else’s false belief that I’m a Christian. That I believe in God. I don’t.
My blog will be my exploration of just why it’s so difficult to admit I’m an atheist in a largely religious community. Many conservatives shout that there’s a War on God, but that war is fought with a blade that cuts both ways. At the opposite end of the spectrum are those of us who are atheists or agnostics, and most of us feel just as threatened as ultra-conservative Christians. We’re considered the lunatic fringe.
Why am I so reluctant to divulge my lack of faith? Because the result could destroy relationships I value immensely and hurt people I love dearly. So my journey begins. I hope others who are hiding their lack of belief or worried about what people will say when the reveal themselves will join me on my journey while I explore the unending conflict between what I believe (or don’t believe) and how I live. And I hope others will share their stories.