A couple of months ago, my fundamentalist Christian grandmother, after hearing of my unbelief, sent me a 33-page handwritten letter lamenting my unbelief, urging me to reconsider, and ultimately appealing to a fear of hell for the decisions I make about what I choose to not believe in.
Last week I chose to finally reply. After a few days of work on responding, my letter really started to grow. I finished my letter last night and posted it to reddit.com for some feedback. The response has been overwhelming (over 400 comments in the last 24 hours!) and I’m left in kind of an awkward space. What else can I do with the work I put into writing this letter?
This is not a coming out letter, it is not an attempt to change my grandma’s mind. It is an attempt at an explanation for why I do not believe as she does.You’ll see immediately upon opening the letter that my response has grown into a weird beast, some kind of hybrid between a letter and an essay. I’d like to invite you to read my letter and portions of the letter my grandmother wrote me.
Here is the link to my submission to reddit.com. You’ll find a link to my letter, and a second link to an excerpt from my grandmother’s letter. Have a look at some of the comments, too. They’re very entertaining.
Thanks for reading this,