Atheists, what would you say if your child wanted to join a religious group?

United States
August 26, 2007 12:34am CST
First off, I am not trying to start a argument between atheists and religious people. I just was wondering what would you do if your child wanted to become a Christian, Jew, Hindu, Moslem or an Buddhists?I have heard sad stories where a child has become atheists and their parents have disowned them.So what would you do?
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• United States
3 Oct 07
Odd that the people posting here are not Athiests. Neither am I. I I WAs an athiest, or, for that matter had children, I would NEVER disown them for that. I would tell them to explore that religion, and others. I would be glad for them when they chose a religion, whichever they choose. This could be longer but I have to log off so...bye!
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• United States
4 Oct 07
I am with you. If there is more that you want to say, come back and respond.
• India
30 Aug 07
Love them.
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@Latrivia (2890)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Well, I'm not an atheist, but I'm not a theist or religious person either, so I guess I qualify for this. If my child ever wanted to convert to a religion, I would first make sure that they were doing it because they wanted to, and not because they were doing it for someone else. If they were honestly doing it for themselves, I would give them my blessing, wish them luck, and give them as much support as possible. I've been through the motions of having my parents try to force me to believe a certain way, and I would never do the same to my children. Whatever makes them happy I'll support - as long as it's not, you know, bad stuff.
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• United States
26 Aug 07
well i am agnostic. i cant say there is a god, but then again i cant rule it out either lol. but if my child decided that religion was something they wanted/needed in their life, then id be fine with it. it is afterall their choice and not mine to make for them. if they came to be a true believer or decided it wasnt something they could believe in..then they will have broadened their horizon and learned something about themselves and others in the world..and thats a good thing.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
1 Sep 07
I'll start this posts with the usual qualifications: I'm not an athiest, but I still have opinions. :) If I were athiest and my child wanted to join a religion, I would not disown them. Instead, I would encourage them to explore that religion and any others that they might interested. After they have taken the time to explore the religious and really willing to make an honest commitment for the right reasons, then I would encourage them to do so. I feel the same way about my children exploring other religions and belief systems than my own as well. I firmly believe that everyone should make up their own minds and find their own answers.