I would have him learn more about Atheists and Atheism before you get married.
Atheists are all the same with respect to their disbelief in God, but once you depart from that issue, they are as diverse as they can be. However, what kind of criticism is that? All those who believe 2+2 = 4 are the same as well.
I would find it difficult to be in a relationship with a religious woman.
I've never been with anyone who believes in God, but a girlfriend of mine was heavily into the New Age type of spirituality. Reincarnation, healing with crystals, homeopathy and all that stuff. I found it very difficult to keep quiet, especially about the homeopathy. She once tried to treat our cat's 'depression' (i.e. being a lazy ass cat) with homeopathic drops. The problem was that she would begin to cry, become mad, and so on if I said something about any of her nonsense. So I felt I had to keep my mouth shut, because I didn't want to loose her. She was (and still is) a lovely girl in all other regards.
I would run, not walk, away from anyone who believed in supernatural powers of any kind. Some are calling religion a virus and I agree. It is an infection similar to airborne diseases that spread like wildfire and is a dickens to keep from destroying everything in which you believe.
There are 7,224,213,500+ human beings on this planet and you don't have to settle for infected ones.
Very well put Joan. "you don't have to settle for infected ones."
Yikes, I wouldn't want to marry this guy... definitely discuss this in depth with him.
Well, you are committing to spend your life with this person. It seems to me that you would want to be comfortable that your views are going to be compatible enough to withstand any rocky situations you will inevitably encounter. For me, I knew that there was no way I would be able to be in a relationship with someone who was not an atheist. Only you can answer the question of how important it is for you.
Hope springs eternally.
Does anyone know who said or wrote that?
I would be very concerned about this. I have known a lot of believers who discount atheists and our thinking by poisoning the well, i.e., deciding that we are just evil people, so whatever we say can be rejected out of hand. They seem to think they know our motives, which I find irritating. "Atheists are all the same," which I don't think refers to our lack of belief, seems to me like that same kind of "thinking." When he dismisses atheists, he is dismissing you. Proceed with caution?