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    I am not religious and to be honest if my kids grew up to believe in god I would be secretly disappointed. I would feel like I had failed to teach them how to think in a critical scientific fact based manner. I wouldn't tell them I was disappointed and I wouldn't try to change their mind. That being said if they said something I thought was total BS (there were no dinosaurs etc) I would tell them what I thought.

    If my child grew up wanting to learn about many different religions I would be delighted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyV View Post
    I have a PhD and work as a researcher. Evidence and reason drive my work life and I certainly believe in and respect there importance. I don't think having faith is incompatible with that. We can't know/prove everything, after all there's plenty of scientific theories that we don't yet have the capabilities to test. Without evidence to the contrary they can't automatically be discounted. Anyway, I just wanted to share that. Should your children choose religion you don't necessarily need to feel you'd been unsuccessful.

    Just wanted to share. Not trying to convert by any means! ������
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    I'm perfectly willing to accept that there are plenty of religious people who make fantastic scientists...but there has to be an element of separation between the two. To quote Tim Minchin; "Science adjusts its views based on what's observed, faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved". Scientific thinking doesn't work by believing something without evidence. The onus of proof is on the one making the claim.

    Not looking to take this thread on a tangent... I guess my point is that there are plenty of people who do both...look at the world through a very logical and analytical lense in some situations, and have faith in others. That's fine...but they're two very different things.

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    Nope, I want them to find their own truth. If that's in God, science, Buddha or Allah, that's fine by me. I wouldn't be attending mass or the equivalent with them. But I would have them attend with a family member.

    My eldest in particular knows my stance. She also knows she is a free thinker in our home. If religion speaks to her, then it does

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renn View Post
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    Not looking to take this thread on a tangent... I guess my point is that there are plenty of people who do both...look at the world through a very logical and analytical lense in some situations, and have faith in others. That's fine...but they're two very different things.
    This is me

    Also funny story, my mum a devout Catholic is very upset that we haven't baptised the kids.

    She was so upset one day that she said I clearly don't care about them and that I was being lazy and also that my wedding vows meant nothing as I apparently promised in my wedding to baptise our kids.... oops!

    So if my mum was asked this question she would have a very different response I guess. Haha
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    This was the first xmas DS (5) started asking questions about baby Jesus as we drive past a church every day on our way home and they had a big nativity display out the front - I personally don't believe Jesus was the son of G-d but have read the xmas story to DS the last few Christmases so he is aware of its origins and he classed it as a story the same he would Frosty the Snowman but just before last xmas he said one day
    " mum is baby Jesus real"
    I didn't really know what to say so said "some people think he is"
    and he said " do you think he's real" and I said "no I don't, do you?"
    And he said "I'm still undecided!"

    I love that he can make his own decisions and will encourage him to find his own spirituality and support him in anything he chooses

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    I believe in God. I don't go to church though.

    As far as I know ds believes in God.

    I guess I would be disappointed if he became an atheist , but I don't push my views on anyone . I think it's a very personal thing .

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    We are atheist and won't be raising ds as religious in anyway. However he is free to decide when he is older what he wants to believe in and it won't bother me.

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    DH and I are non-theists. He is very certain there is life and death and nothing else. I sway towards agnostic occasionally. I don't believe in God, but am undecided on ghosts/spirits etc.

    We are happy for our kids to believe whatever they like. We have a little saying about what we want for the boys and that is 'Happy, healthy and not hurting anyone.'

    Outside of that, I don't really care. I hope to raise kind, compassionate young men. What they do/don't believe is none of my business.

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    Just curious for those who were raised with a religion and now atheist, what was the trigger for the change in belief?
    I am non religious and dh is Catholic though doesn't really practice it ie doesn't go to church regularly or pray etc
    The kids however go to Catholic School and have been baptized. This is bc dh believes the schools have good education systems. I am not fussed that it's a Catholic school. Whilst I don't share the faith I like the values so have no problem with them going.
    I also don't mind whether either way what they choose to believe as adults.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    Just curious for those who were raised with a religion and now atheist, what was the trigger for the change in belief?
    I am non religious and dh is Catholic though doesn't really practice it ie doesn't go to church regularly or pray etc
    The kids however go to Catholic School and have been baptized. This is bc dh believes the schools have good education systems. I am not fussed that it's a Catholic school. Whilst I don't share the faith I like the values so have no problem with them going.
    I also don't mind whether either way what they choose to believe as adults.
    I stopped believing in God when I was a teen. There was a death in my immediate family, and all the religious folk would say, it's ok, God has a reason for everything, God will look after you etc etc. But I came to realise, that this death had a detrimental effect on every single person in my family. No one was better off, no one was 'looked after'. I was angry that God didn't stop it happening, or at least guide us through it better. So I concluded that God must be a crock.

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