And you thought your atheism led to family drama?!
Josh recently got a 33-page letter from his Christian grandma. It was prompted by Josh’s parents telling her he was an atheist.
That’s just the first half.
… She wrote me an epic letter with a dismissal of evolution on theological grounds and tried to scare me back into the fold by talking about how powerful Satan is. Well, I decided to take the time to respond, so I sat down and typed and typed. I finished the letter this afternoon.
You can read the draft of Josh’s letter here (PDF).
He doesn’t intend to be mean at all — he just wants to lay out the facts and explain why he believes what he does. He even ends it in a respectful way:
… I was only able to touch upon a few [of the subjects], and even then I’m sure I could have given more thought to my presentation of them. I expect you to agree with a few points and to firmly disagree with others (I do expect that you will respond), but above all I expect that nothing I have said changes our relationship or the interest we both take in approaching these usually sensitive subjects. I love you! Thanks for reaching out to me and thank you for spending time to understand where I am and how I got here.
Do you have any feedback for him? He’d love some advice before sending it out to her.
I’d be impressed if she read the entire letter and I’m curious what her response would be. Usually, in these situations (in my experience), the Christians just go back to their standard arguments without even acknowledging what the other person has said.
I hope it works out for Josh’s sake, though.