I am a christian and dating an atheist

There's just one catch: she's a strong Christian, but I don't believe in God at all.

Do you think the religious differences between us pose a serious problem?

But in a situation like yours it's still important to think things through on a deeper level. Because in the final analysis the challenge you're facing is bigger than a mere difference of "religious opinion." It's not just a question of your willingness to "tolerate" someone else's beliefs. And when worldviews collide, the results can be devastating for a marital relationship. They have to do this on an almost daily basis, and in response to a wide variety of practical problems. As an atheist, you assume that there is no higher authority. As far as you're concerned, it's just a question of "what works." But your Christian girlfriend has a very different perspective.

That marriage failed when she realized that she didn’t love me. We both have no doubt that we will be together until we die, at which point we will be separated. Even Milli and Vanilli are different—in fact, they aren’t even themselves.

Some turn to atheism to make sense of the planet’s insanely inequitable distribution of health, wealth, and safety.

Some choose atheism for scientific or (like I did) philosophical reasons.

Rachel would call that the manifestation of God’s love and grace in our marriage.

I call it my profound privilege to be able to spend every day of the rest of my life growing a little bit closer to my wife.