My fiance and I are going to raise our daughter to be non-religious, then when the time comes she'll be allowed to decide for herself what she wants to do. Thing is, both of our families are for the most part extremely Christian. How can we explain the concept of 'god' to her without making our family members look bad? And what do we do if someone tells her the three of us are going to hell for not believing? (I can see it coming, ugh...)Answer Question
Answer by mrs_pulley at 8:00 PM on Jun. 13, 2009
Answer by sahmamax2 at 8:02 PM on Jun. 13, 2009
Answer by Collinsky at 8:14 PM on Jun. 13, 2009
Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 8:19 PM on Jun. 13, 2009
Also, DK makes a GREAT book called World Religions that my kids enjoy quite a bit.
A UU church might also not be a bad idea to investigate for your family, because they approach spirituality as an indiviual thing, and focus on social justice and understanding the beliefs of others (rather than trying to decide which ones are right and that all others are wrong.) MANY atheists, agnostics, and secular humanists really enjoy the community that UU offers, and the perspective that it gives their children. I know many nonreligious people really don't like ANY organized group like that (and not without reason!) but for many others it can offer a haven of tolerance and open-mindedness.
Answer by Collinsky at 8:23 PM on Jun. 13, 2009
Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:36 PM on Jun. 13, 2009
Answer by Freela at 9:13 PM on Jun. 13, 2009
Answer by rhanford at 9:14 PM on Jun. 13, 2009
DK makes a lot of books about religions -- in the Eyewitness series. They all have awesome illustrations. And when my son was as young as about 18 months, I was reading these with him (and also a shitload of Greek and Egyptian mythology amongst other odd non-fiction subject matter often at his request.) Mostly we were looking at the pictures and talking about stuff then, but still. This was still in my "we should all try and get along" delusion stage, so starting from when my children were very young, I just kind of went over it all under the umbrella of some people believe x and others believe y and so on. As they got older, we read more and more of the words in those books.
Answer by roachiesmom at 9:14 PM on Jun. 13, 2009
Answer by Collinsky at 11:02 PM on Jun. 13, 2009