Yes, DS will be raised in my faith. However if he decides as an adult that he does not wish to follow my faith I will absolutely respect that. He will be taught about other religions and beliefs as he grows up.
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10-08-2012 18:43 #11
10-08-2012 18:49 #12
I wasn't raised religious so but DH was raised in a catholic household
To the point where now he will not
Make his kids do what he had to do, our kids are not christened and do not
Attend scripture classes at school. If, when they are adults they choose to follow a religion the that will be their choice then
10-08-2012 18:52 #13
10-08-2012 19:04 #14
Well I'm athiest and DH is catholic
( non practicing ). We recently had a heated discussion as he would like our son christened.
This is not what I want but he seems pretty firm on this.
Don't get me wrong if DS grows up and chooses to follow a certain religion that's perfectly fine, I just can't get my head around baptizing him into a certain faith just for the sake of it.
I know this doesn't really answer your question but religion is a sore point in this house at the moment.
10-08-2012 19:12 #15
Right now my children have no concept of religion or a god. When they are exposed to the topic they will be as free as I can possibly make it to allow them to make up their own mind. I haven't been asked if I believe in god by DS or DD but it will come one day. The answer I intend to give I have pinched from another hubber who I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for her mothering skills. The answer they will get from me is "what do you think?"
This is one topic I'm quite passionate about. Children are hard wired to believe what they are told by authority. There is an old catholic saying "give me the boy until he is 7 and I will give you the man". I also very much subscribe to the Dawkins belief that there is no such thing as a "catholic/jewish/christian/muslim child", they are children of catholic/jewish/christian/muslim parents.
Personally I think children should not be required to go to church or any other religious practices until they are at least 16. But that's just me and I realise I'm on the fringe.
10-08-2012 19:13 #16
I don't like the word impose either. We will take our children to church, will discuss different religions at home and will be open to all conversations and questions.
I don't believe in infant baptism or anything that requires children to make a commitment, so no, I don't believe it's "imposing", it's exposing them to a way of life, absolutely.
Once they are old enough to decide whether they still want to come along and learn more, they can. As a previous poster stated if it's not genuine it means nothing, so if my child doesn't like it or doesn't believe then I would never force them or guilt them into it. There would be no point.
10-08-2012 19:15 #17
We are the same, our children are not baptized, they will choose whether or not they would like to be when they are a bit older. Ds1 has expressed interest.
10-08-2012 19:25 #18
I would never force my child into a religion. Something that is meant to be so important should not be imposed on anyone, in my opinion. I was baptised and sent to Catholic schools until I simply refused to attend a religious institution and moved to a public school for year 12. I hope my son will be atheist, but if he wants to believe in a God when he is old enough to make his own decision thats fine with me.. so long as he doesn't try to preach to me!
10-08-2012 19:30 #19
I was baptised as a baby but that's as religious as my family got.
My Mum grew up in a Catholic household (my Nanna still sttends church every Sunday) but my Dad is very anti-religion as he was brought up in a VERY STRICT religious family and he hated it. I think there's a lot we don't know about his upbringing, I think there was a lot of damage done emotionally - all he says is that religion is not for him, well he says more than that but I won't post it because I don't want to offend or cause an argument
Because of this we never really had a religious upbringing, and I guess I have never really believed in anything specific. I'm not an atheist......I'm open to it all, I don't really know what I believe.
I guess when it comes to my kids I'm
going to have to educate myself because I want them to be able to ask me questions about various religions. I'd like to be able to educate them and then let them make their own minds up. Having said that I'm in my 30's and I still haven't made up my mind!
10-08-2012 19:33 #20
My daughter has just been given a book called "What We Believe" which is about a range of different religions and customs from around the world. I believe in educating but I also can't help that she sees what I believe because it is such a huge part of who I am. However, I would like her to explore religion herself and come to her own conclusion and find her own way in life.
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