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“We both found that each other was not the ‘scary atheist’ and ‘crazy Christian’ that we were led to believe,” says Julie, a Lutheran married to an atheist.“We both have the same views and morals and outlook on how life should be, how people should treat other people, animals, and the earth. The only difference is I think there is a God and he does not.” Religious and nonreligious partners alike say that having a spouse on the other side of the aisle has made them smarter, more effective, and more empathetic in their engagement and activism and better examples of their own worldview.Through exploring my husband’s [religious] belief system, as well as my own humanism, I’ve been able to let go of a lot of the resentment I was holding against religion.I’ve reconciled with myself that people express abstract concepts through religion in good, helpful ways and in bad, harmful ways.I’m more liberal now, and a lot of my friends act like I’m crazy, especially about abortion issues and gay rights.But I think more or less it’s a shift for good.” Many nonreligious partners bring a painful history with religion into the relationship, including some deep resentments.

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I am a better representative of my own faith now than before I met her.” Many nonbelievers feel the same.“I have become more liberal in my thinking because of him and changed Lutheran denominations because of that,” says Julie.“We both can agree, and I love the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.One respondent after another described having deeper conversations with their partners and learning more about each other in the process than they ever did in their shared-belief relationships.“It has caused friction at times,” says one, “but it has also ultimately brought us closer together.” “I have had to lose so many assumptions about atheists, and in some cases, about Christians as well,” says Alise, an Independent Protestant…

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