I’d like the focus of this thread to center around finding out that a family member has decided to be an atheist. If this applies to you, pls consider the following: How did everybody handle this? How much effort did you expend trying to turn them back to God vs. maintaining good relations with that family member and not pushing? Atheists can join in (if they can be civil and not turn this into a debate about God’s existance) and explain their family member’s reaction to their atheism announcement.
By own adult daughter recently told me she has adopted atheism. It felt like a “gutshot”. Both her mother (my wife) and I are very disturbed by this. She was raised in a catholic family, although we were not consistant church-goers. She had a catholic wedding 6 yrs ago because she wanted it. Her husband has never believed in anything and at one time she was concerned about that. She told me she had always had doubts. I think her husband helped her cross the line, plus one of her work friends is also an atheist. I’m sure this contributed to her decision.
I have a very good relationship with my older daughter and don’t want to ruin it. They say one should never talk religion or politics (she is a liberal, I’m a conservative) with friends or family members. I weigh that vs. trying to turn her back at the expense of our relationship. So far, except for an occasional email about it, I’ve kept silent, so has her Mom.