Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-believer

Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-believer

David G. McAfee

Language: English

Pages: 154

ISBN: 1908675047

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This essential guide to coming-out as a non-believer has been written to make it easier for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and non-believers of all ages and backgrounds to be open about their non-religiosity while minimizing the negative interactions in familial, social, and professional circles.

As a survival guide for non-believers who wish to come out, this book provides advice and resources for those interested in publically rejecting religious dogma as well as real stories from non-believers who have experienced coming-out to less-than-supportive family or friends.

Whether you're new to disbelief and looking for the cleanest possible break from your former faith or you're a lifelong atheist who wants to establish a sense of community with like-minded people, this guide provides useful resources including: tips for handling potential conflicts with believers, the author's answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on behalf of believers, and numerous references to support groups, services, and advocacy organizations dedicated to non-theists.

From dealing with grief from a secular perspective to handling potential clashes in religious worldviews between significant others, this book offers multiple perspectives from non-religious individuals who have generously shared their experiences to help those atheists who may find themselves in similar situations.




















apart many years ago, I still think of the good they did for me. In fact, I still think of her mother very fondly and visit her on occasion. If it weren’t for that family, I don’t know what I might have done when my mother, who was the center of my world, died when I was barely 15. Everyone in my family except my father had spouses and children to rally around them and Daddy, well, he had his church — the same church I already felt out of step with. My friend’s family served as my anchor when I

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difficult to overcome. To combat this, non-believers throughout history have created new monikers that could be used in order to display non-belief in a more positive manner — without the baggage that is often associated with “atheist.” Some of these terms are: Bright, Freethinker, (Secular) Humanist, Non-theist, Agnostic-Atheist, Skeptic, Irreligionist, Rationalist, and Unbeliever. Although the term “atheist” may have begun as a derogatory or pejorative title, the literal meaning of “without

shouldn’t be studying religion in the first place. But, more importantly, I received numerous messages in support of my cause; and the article was picked up by popular atheist websites including Friendly Atheist[7] and was even mentioned by The Washington Post.[8] Readers wrote letters of support to the school and to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for UCSB, who approached me and asked me what I hoped to gain from this. I didn’t anticipate the meeting that followed, but I was happy that

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