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He's even admitted he hopes I'll "come around." I get so defensive and angry, I start throwing out obtuse generalizations like "religion has oppressed women for centuries!
" to which he replies: "If you look at the way Jesus was portrayed in the Bible, he was the most radical empowerer of women of all time." He may be right (it's been a while since I perused the Good Book), but I'd still like to let out a long sigh here.
Here's a sliver of the type of conversation we've had more than once:"Jesus used to say..." (boyfriend says) "Please don't quote Jesus.
You know it makes me uncomfortable." (me, all squirmy) "I wish you would open your mind a bit more.
Look, I'm not denying that there was probably a really nice guy named Jesus who said a lot of things that sounded prophetic.
He was in our history books along with a bunch of other people.
I eventually outgrew that fear since I felt that putting solidified fructose in my brother's blanket was too good to pass up, and it didn't have any immediate repercussions.
I don't even know when I first came across the notion of a god or hell, probably from evangelicals on daytime television.
(It's also a great excuse to throw a fancy party with all the people you love.) He thinks pre-marital sex is unholy, and I don't think I can marry someone without having a trial run.
He has conversations with God every day, all day long (so he says), and I scroll through my Twitter feed and re-tweet tweets from "Shit Girls Say" and Mindy Kaling. He speaks better French than I do and lets me win at Scrabble.
It started out as one of those close friendships that blossomed into something deeper over a three-year period (don't they say those are the best kinds? I grew up in a household where religion was non-existent.
), but the deeper we went, the more I realized how much value he places on the Christian community from which he sprung, and just how important his faith is to him. Dad is a staunch atheist, mom a wayward Hindu (she eats Big Macs and never prays).