I was raised Catholic, but after reading the bible and doing some research I dumped religion like a sack of unwanted kitties. I used to be very vocal against religion, but mellowed out before I met her.
Enter the blonde.
She was raised Lutheran. She's semi conservative but NOT fundamentalist. Believes in Evolution and the big bang and all that. She attends a very liberal Methodist Church.
I personally have no problem with her religion as long as she doesn't try to convert me. Which she has not. However she has voiced she wishes that I was a believer.
She has a lot of doubts, and tries to bounce them off me, but I don't preach my Atheism to her. I just keep quiet and smile.
In your experience, do these types of relationships work?
It will be fine as long as you both respect each other's differences and beliefs.
To me this is no different than if one of you were a Libertarian and the other a Republican. Or if you were a staunch vegetarian, but your mate loved all animal products. Or if you were black and the woman you fell in love with her asian. To me these are all differences that don't really make a difference in how well you love each other or how well your relationship works unless you let it.
Every one of us has a different outlook on life. Our unique experiences, family relationships, educational history, social circle, interests and belief systems are a part of that outlook. The bottom line though is acceptance. If both parties can truly accept each other for who and what they are, and love each other while appreciating those differences, the relationships can not only work, but thrive.
People always worry about what happens when they start a family. Nothing will change! Why not expose them to both of your points of view and as much religious diversity as possible, so that when they get older they can make a sound decision about religion? After all, when a child is multiracial, they get exposed to both cultures/races/foods, so why would religion be any different?
That's my stance.