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    Also - agnostic to me is believing in a higher power but not following any organised set of religious traditions.

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    Just wanted to say I am enjoying reading everyone's replies as it shows how different everyone's beliefs are. A lot of replies also show how beliefs change over time and it gives me great comfort in my choice not to force my children into any one religion and let them grow up figuring out what they believe for themselves. DH is a atheist who will argue and scoff whenever God or religion is mentioned which annoys me because I do have some faith and beliefs and I sometimes worry how he would react if one of our children ever wanted to go church.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loodle View Post
    Just wanted to say I am enjoying reading everyone's replies as it shows how different everyone's beliefs are. A lot of replies also show how beliefs change over time and it gives me great comfort in my choice not to force my children into any one religion and let them grow up figuring out what they believe for themselves. DH is a atheist who will argue and scoff whenever God or religion is mentioned which annoys me because I do have some faith and beliefs and I sometimes worry how he would react if one of our children ever wanted to go church.
    Interesting point. When I was in high school (Anglican school) I got quite into Christianity... My mum particularly took the Mickey out of me constantly and although ultimately it was not a path I ended up following, her response was pretty awful and I remember very clearly feeling like I had to hide in my room if I was reading a Christian book or whatever else. I want my kids to feel free to choose whatever they feel is right for them without feeling like I did!

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    I always thought agnostic means that it's impossible to know whether a God exists. You therefore don't believe but only because nothing has been proven.

    I used to think I might be agnostic because a higher power can neither be proved or disproved. But no, definitely an atheist.

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    That's sad @rainbow road. I think it's really important to think carefully about how we talk to our kids about religion. If a parent tells their kids that religion is stupid, or religious people are stupid, it is all fairytales, and only stupid people believe it, their kids will go to school and tell the christian kid 'you are stupid. You believe in fairytales'. I know, because I was the christian kid. Respectful language is really really important IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    That's sad @rainbow road. I think it's really important to think carefully about how we talk to our kids about religion. If a parent tells their kids that religion is stupid, or religious people are stupid, it is all fairytales, and only stupid people believe it, their kids will go to school and tell the christian kid 'you are stupid. You believe in fairytales'. I know, because I was the christian kid. Respectful language is really really important IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    That's sad @rainbow road. I think it's really important to think carefully about how we talk to our kids about religion. If a parent tells their kids that religion is stupid, or religious people are stupid, it is all fairytales, and only stupid people believe it, their kids will go to school and tell the christian kid 'you are stupid. You believe in fairytales'. I know, because I was the christian kid. Respectful language is really really important IMO.
    Definitely agree. I think it's important we all start having kinder conversations about people with our kids. I would love it if families were having those conversations about gays, people of differing colour to your own, people from other cultures and countries who need help because they're not as lucky as we are. The best way to make a nicer world for our kids is to start from home and hope our kids continue to spread it outward.

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    I'm an atheist. Raised by a scientist mother and an Anglican father.
    I didn't go to religious education in primary school (state school) and instead went to the library with the JW kids.
    Sometimes throughout my life I've wished I had a belief set rather than nothing. I've seen how faith has helped members of my family during illness or death.
    I've also got a few friends with strong beliefs, especially single guys in their thirties and young couples. One in particular never worries about anything. His water tank is nearly empty - he won't buy water because he believes the big guy is on his side. He finishes a job contract, doesn't worry. It seems quite peaceful and I'm a bit jealous of that! Haha I've asked him how he knows and he says he just does. That too many things that he prays for come through.
    I don't know.
    Having said that we're considering sending DS to the local Catholic schools when he's old enough and I'm not sure how I'm going to go with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A&S View Post
    Definitely agree. I think it's important we all start having kinder conversations about people with our kids. I would love it if families were having those conversations about gays, people of differing colour to your own, people from other cultures and countries who need help because they're not as lucky as we are. The best way to make a nicer world for our kids is to start from home and hope our kids continue to spread it outward.
    Yes!


 

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