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Daniel Florien has some excellent advice for atheists/agnostics who come out to their family members and have to deal with criticism as a result.

He goes into depth on each point, but here’s a rundown of his list:

  • Don’t Return Criticism
  • Be Sympathetic
  • Talk to Them Privately
  • Disagree Calmly
  • Emphasize Your Open-Mindedness
  • Admit When You’re Wrong
  • Don’t Tell Them They’re Wrong
  • Listen, Listen, Listen
  • Focus on Areas of Agreement
  • Love Them Anyway

Is there anything else you would add?