In his letters, he shares his love, his fears, and his hopes for his daughters who (at the time of writing), didn’t yet know that he was no longer a Christian. For reasons that he touches on in his blog, this truth needed to be hidden and when the time is right, he hopes that his letters will be helpful to their understanding of why their father left Christianity after 20 years of being an active believer.
I appreciate his example in this regard, and it has planted a seed for me to consider doing something similar. Unfortunately, I have two older daughters and for reasons I can’t disclose yet, I don’t have much contact with my daughters at this time and it breaks my heart.
Many people may not realize how hated and isolated a new skeptic/agnostic/atheist can feel, especially in regard to family and friends. I am still “in the closet” toward most of my family and friends, but I am mentally and emotionally preparing myself for those future conversations. Being a skeptic (i.e. choosing to follow reason and evidence ) can carry some truly gut wrenching consequences when you are surrounded by evangelical fundamentalists, especially when you live in the Bible Belt area of the southern United States.
What’s a fellow to do?