I am at the beginning of embracing my atheism and I'm about to marry this very passive Christian man. I believe our relationship is more important than our differences in religion but I'm always wondering, what do we teach our kids. So we have arguments, constructive most times, and he says this one thing that really upset me.

"...Atheists are all the same anyway..."

So, how do you feel?

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I would run, not walk, away from anyone who believed in supernatural powers of any kind. Some are calling religion a virus and I agree. It is an infection similar to airborne diseases that spread like wildfire and is a dickens to keep from destroying everything in which you believe. 

There are 7,224,213,500+ human beings on this planet and you don't have to settle for infected ones. 

Very well put Joan.  "you don't have to settle for infected ones."

Yikes, I wouldn't want to marry this guy... definitely discuss this in depth with him.

Well, you are committing to spend your life with this person. It seems to me that you would want to be comfortable that your views are going to be compatible enough to withstand any rocky situations you will inevitably encounter. For me, I knew that there was no way I would be able to be in a relationship with someone who was not an atheist. Only you can answer the question of how important it is for you.

Hope springs eternally.

Does anyone know who said or wrote that?

Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never is, but always to be blessed:
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.

– Alexander PopeAn Essay on Man

I would be very concerned about this.  I have known a lot of believers who discount atheists and our thinking by poisoning the well, i.e., deciding that we are just evil people, so whatever we say can be rejected out of hand.  They seem to think they know our motives, which I find irritating.  "Atheists are all the same," which I don't think refers to our lack of belief, seems to me like that same kind of "thinking."  When he dismisses atheists, he is dismissing you.  Proceed with caution?




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