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Thread: What will you tell your kids?
December 20th, 2013 01:38 AM #31Senior Member
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My husband is an atheist; I'd consider myself essentially a deist, but with some pagan leanings. Both of us were raised as Christians, with his family being a lot more fundie, although mine has its fair share of those as well.
Like others in this thread, we don't necessarily feel obligated to expose our kids to any religious tradition, but when Grandma and Grandpa visit and want to take them to church, we don't prohibit it. If they have questions about what we believe or what others believe (Asher is the only one who's really old enough to ask thus far, but he hasn't much), we answer them candidly. If they ever reach a point as they grow where they want to explore religions on their own, we'll encourage them to do as they wish and support them in whatever choice they make.
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December 20th, 2013 09:53 AM #35Member
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December 20th, 2013 10:53 AM #37
Both of his parents were atheist/agnostic, but they exposed their seven children to different religions by taking them to various services and philosophically discussing them. Most of the children are on the atheist/agnostic side of the spectrum, but one of them is actually a minister now.
Husband and I both have Jewish mothers and non-Jewish, agnostic fathers. We were both raised Jewish, but currently have more agnostic/humanist beliefs. We both feel attachment to parts the Jewish culture, but it is difficult to separate the culture from the religion in many ways. Plus, Judaism is tough because there's a lot of pressure to not "let the religion/culture disappear." We'll probably end up going the Hebrew school route and work on critical reasoning and introspection about beliefs at home. It would be awesome if we lived near a jewish humanist congregation, but there are so few of them.TTC #1!
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December 20th, 2013 12:27 PM #39Senior Member
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My husband and I are not religious. He considers himself Agnostic, while I don't really consider myself anything really. My "belief", so to speak, is that of positive energy, and everything in the universe being connected. Energy is ever moving, never disappearing, and what we put out into the world we get back. We are not raising our children (when we have them) in any religion, I feel it would be hypocritical of me to take them to church to learn about something that I don't believe in. Our first and foremost want for are children is to be good, honest, open individuals. We will teach them to be accepting and respectful of everyone and their varying beliefs. When they have questions about different religions we will answer them, when they are old enough to explore and want to learn about different religions and explore different faiths we will be understanding and not hold them back. It will be their decision what they choose to believe.Our heart: Apollo Allan
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