Help! I've just started a new job and found out that all my colleagues are devout followers of some God or other, while I'm a raging antitheist. Advice, please.
Avoid it. I know it’s hard to be surrounded by simpletons but you’ll just make life hell (see what I did there?) if you bring it up. Remember what Bill Murray said “It’s hard to win an argument with an intelligent person. It’s impossible to win one with a stupid person.”
Do not engage with anything that is not specifically work-related. Don't participate in non-work-related activities. If the conversation turns religious, excuse yourself. If anyone asks about your lack of participation, simply explain you prefer to keep all interactions professional. Cover your ass.
I just finished my first week of orientation at my new job and it was like a revival meeting at times. The Employee Health handbook LITERALLY referenced Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden not as metaphor but as real actual history we can learn good health habits from. I'm going to have to fly under the radar for awhile, for sure. I need this job. So incredibly awkward and uncomfortable.
It sounds like a non issue to me. There is no rule that you have to religious to work there is there? If they say they will pray for you, nicely say " Okay ". If they ask you to attend church with them, say, " no thanks, I don't go to church" If they ask you if you believe in god, say "no". If they ask you why not, or say they think you really do, or that you will go to hell, or they would like to share the bible with you tell them, " because, No, I really don't, I don't believe in hell, and no thanks" Just don't worry about it, be honest, respectful, don't be aggressive, rude, or nasty about it. If they are too persistent, and you can't deal with it, go to HR. If there is no HR, or there is, but they refuse to do anything about it, find another job. There are going to be religious people in any job you get, unless you get a job that is an atheist only job, so you will need to deal with it anyway.
Be quiet. Do not engage in discussion. Practice being evasive. They might get the hint. If they aggressively preach at you, tell them you are there to do a job. If they keep at you, go to HR and update your resume, in case HR supports the bullies and has no concern for you. I quit a couple of jobs because people preached at me, expressed hostility constantly and HR would not help. I finally took a job in the public sector where preaching is not allowed. It was a good choice. Been there for 27 years - there are some Fundies but they did not dare lecture and preach at me.
Do you expect the work will be enjoyable? The environment endurable? If, "No," to either question, keep looking for work, get out as soon as possible.
I am rarely around those who regularly thank god for finding the pencil they just dropped on the floor. (Though, I am often thankful for divine intervention.) Yet, when asked to attend services i politely refuse.
When asked about what church i attend,... I politely say, I agree with jesus as he is reported to have said in Matthew 6 verse 5, I pray in private. And I don't talk about my .
“When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for. they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the. corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. ... In that era there were public prayers at the temple, and private prayers to be said on one's own.