It’s not every day you see a Christian going to a group of atheists for advice, but that’s what one did over at Think Atheist. She’s a Christian, her friend’s an atheist, and that difference might be ruining their friendship:
My best friend Rachel, whom I’ve known since the 2nd grade turned atheist about a year ago. We’ve joked about how she’s turned to the “dark side,” but it seems as though it’s becoming less and less of a joking matter. In fact, I’m concerned that a rift is beginning to form in our relationship due to our differences and this concerns me very much because I value our friendship so much. Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure Rachel values our friendship just as much. It’s just I’m determined to head this off at the pass before anything does happen.
She doesn’t say why exactly the rift is there… so it’s hard to offer specific advice other than “talk to her.” But commenters have commended Jenn for coming to them, while telling her everything from “Consider the friendship over” to “Just don’t ever discuss religion.”
This response is pretty excellent, though.
In general, what would you tell someone like Jenn?
(Thanks to Nelson for the link)