My husband is trying to rediscover his spiritual connection to Christianity and draw our older daughter into it. When we married, he was not at all religious, but he was raised Baptist, with some Pagan influences from one of his grandmothers. I was raised Lutheran, but have lost any connection to religion because I just couldn't believe in it. We have not practiced any religion in all the time we've been married. Recently, though, he's felt that he needs to follow a path that involves some form of Christianity, although his beliefs are all over the place.
I don't want to raise our children to believe in what I consider to be mythology. It's not the same as perpetuating a belief in the Tooth Fairy or Santa Clause, as religious beliefs aren't supposed to be abandoned as we grow up. I suggested the Unitarian Universalist as a compromise. I'd be willing to go to church with them if he would consider it. We have a UU across town. It would be a bit of a drive on Sunday mornings, but in the interest of compromise, I'd be willing to sacrifice that time.
However, he sent me this link today, and told me that this is what he feels best fits his interests, and wonders if it would be a compromise that I'd consider. To me, it's just another brand of Christianity, and still calls for a belief in a supernatural being--which is really where I draw the line. There isn't a church of this sort in our area, so I'm not sure how he hopes to instill these beliefs in our daughter and give her the community of a church, but this is the direction he is considering now.
Is there anyone here who is familiar with this branch? What are the differences between this and, say, Presbyterianism or other Protestant beliefs? As far as I know, few Christian churches would deny any race from being a part of their community, which is one of the first points they discuss as part of their beliefs, so where is the difference?
And. . . more importantly, how do we breach this divide between him wanting to teach our older daughter to believe in the Trinity and my desire for her to let reason and facts guide her--to be more Humanistic? What's wrong with tabling this until she is an adult and less inclined to let parental influence dictate her beliefs?Answer Question
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