A Catholic and an Atheist

I know the title of this post sounds like the beginning of a bad joke… a Catholic and an atheist walk into a bar… but it’s actually about something I never thought I’d do in a million years. I’m dating a religious woman.

I’m often interested in how couples with different political, religious, or health/diet (say one of them eats meat, the other doesn’t) beliefs stay together for so long.[^1] One comment here:

Good luck. My atheist dad has been married to my Catholic mother for over 35 years.

The most famous example I can think of is James Carville and Mary Matalin, opposing political strategists and pundits who have been married for about 20 years.