For my story, I have crafted the main character after myself. Since it is a story written from the first-person perspective (past tense), I felt that it would be best to do so. However, I have run into a problem: my story does not have enough conflict between the protagonists. Surely, conflict between protagonists and antagonists is to be expected, but I feel my story would benefit from conflict between "the good guys" as well. I am a Christian, though one would be hard-pressed to describe me as your stereotypical, carbon-copied, cookie-cutter edition. My main character, consequently, is also a Christian, though that is never spelled out for the reader. The book focuses, in part, on the crisis of faith he goes through when he feels that God has abandoned him. My problem is that, while I once claimed atheism, I never truly "bought it". I was raised in a moderately strict Southern Baptist home, and while I've gotten away from the "Bible-thumper" mentality of my childhood, I struggle to understand an atheistic mentality. For me, many of the struggles of my day are handled through prayer and faith in God. Simply put, I don't know how an atheist thinks when it comes to problems they face, or how an atheist reacts to joy. When I experience joy, it is a moment for praising and thanking God. But what does an atheist think? To my chagrin, I was raised to believe that atheists are pitiable fools (in the moral sense) who are intellectual, stoic people. My childhood church and family pointed to the militant views of men like Richard Dawkins or Isaac Asimov, who I have now come to understand are not necessarily a fair representation of atheists anymore than Fred Phelps or Jerry Falwell is a proper representation of Christians. I am considering the introduction of an atheist character in my story, but I don't know how I could. I could certainly read books by atheists and perhaps gain some perspective, but--when it comes to religion--people rarely approach the issue of theism v. atheism without emotion. Consequently, most books I've read on the subject (from either side) display the author as emotionally charged, rather than that person in their "every day" mentality. Any suggestions you might have would be helpful as I try to fairly represent both atheists and those who believe in God in my novel.