I am a christian and dating an atheist
Wait a minute, maybe we aren’t so different after all! Everyone has the ability to relate to the fervent wholeness of faith, and to understand how it can permeate every aspect of one’s life.
You don’t have to share the same faith to know how your spouse feels about their spiritual connection.
My liberal feminist mother couldn't take it and we switched to a progressive Methodist church instead, a return to her childhood religious roots.
While I don't feel like I had a particularly religious upbringing, I clearly did. I dumped the idea of a male God and instead prayed to the pagan concept of the Goddess for years.
Some inherit atheism from their families or cultures., then open a dialog with him seeking to understand his belief systems and how he arrived there. when you care deeply about the person you're talking to, the feelings behind the ideas take a bit of time (long seconds and long minutes) to formulate into intelligible words and sentences.8) If either of you get testy apologize immediately and take a break because nerves are on edge. I would also note that this could be a very easy, fun discussion, or it could be a horrendously difficult and painful one depending entirely on how you and he approach it. 5) When they are speaking, listen to understand, not to form a response. This can be really scary stuff to explore with a stranger, much more with someone you care about.9) Good luck. I've had these discussions before, and enjoy them a lot if, and only if, both folks approach it as a lighthearted exploration of why the other believes the way they do... If you pull this off your turn will come in due time (and the same ground rules apply).7) Be patient, don't "respond" If they fall silent for a bit... Here's what works for me: Rules:1) Your purpose it to find out and explore what the other person believes and why.2) No proselytizing at all, even by implication.3) You are only seeking information about what and why they believe as they do.4) If the words "But" or "Yes But", or anything even vaguely resembling it, starts your next sentence..