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The God Decision. Christian Parents Teach Their Children To Believe In God, Atheists Teach Them Not To. Who Is Doing The Right T


Society & Culture  (tags: world, philosophy, science, religion, God, belief, atheism, society, children, family, interesting, freedoms )

Carrie
- 197 days ago - aeon.co
Morally speaking, ought you to believe in God or not? The 19th-century English mathematician and philosopher William Kingdon Clifford spoke of the 'ethics of belief': you ought to believe only that for which you have good grounds.



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GGmaSheila D. (153)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 3:20 pm
Now add in the Agnostics here...would be interesting mix, if the Christias didn't kill the others.
 

Betsy Bee (1043)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 5:25 pm
I taught my children to test and prove all before they believed any.
 

Suheyla C. (229)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 5:27 pm
Thanks
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 7:03 pm
I have taken all of my children to church, but I have also explained the problems I have with church teachings involving exclusion, judging others, and promoting hatred.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 7:04 pm
Thank you for sharing the article.
 

Natasha Salgado (518)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 7:09 pm
I believe it's not our place to force or even introduce any religions on our children. They can make that decision when old enough. Buddhism is the only faith i respect. Thx Carrie
 

Carrie B. (309)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 7:17 pm
I taught my children about God ~ but not religion.
 

Debbie S. (33)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 8:19 pm
I also think it is best to teach children right from wrong, be respectful, to have compassion and be a good person and not push them to believe in any one form of religion or what people tell you that you should believe because they say so. Let them decide for what their inner feelings tell them later. There are too many people forcing religions on children that do not practice what they are preaching, I feel this is very wrong and more confusing to a child. By the way I'm pagan.
 

Vicky P. (462)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 12:03 am
Both are right :) Some people want a religion, some don't, there are good people on both sides as long as they raise their kids properly and to respect everyone regardless of race/religion/gender, etc
 

. (0)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 12:43 am
I believe that a parent is doing the right thing if they teach their children not to hate and to always seek truth.
 

Patricia H. (468)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 12:44 am
I agree with Spring Green
 

Phyllis S. (3)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 5:37 am
People can be moral decent people whether they are religious or not. It is a mistake to believe you can only be moral if you are religious. Some people simply believe in right and wrong. Teach your children right and wrong, and let them make the religious decision for themselves, as only they can determine whether they want to believe in God or not. You cant force someone to believe .
 

Ben Oscarsito (352)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 6:02 am
"Let us put our minds together and see what future we can make for our children"
(Sitting Bull)
 

Ben Oscarsito (352)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 6:02 am
"Education is the most powerful weapon wich can be used for World change"
(Nelson Mandela)
 

Ben Oscarsito (352)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 6:05 am
BTW; -I believe in TELEMANIA. Read all about it in my book "When You are far out in Space, no one can hear You" (Know-what-I-mean...? ) ~ :
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 6:51 am
The idea that humanity can't be moral without gods to control our behavior is just RIDICULOUS!

Investigate the American Humanist Society's core principles--they prove it's not only possible but practical to live a good life, be constructive to society and the planet while remaining free from superstition.

Organized religion is a BUSINESS, people....a business which seeks to perpetuate itself.
 

Lona Goudswaard (68)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 9:10 am
Thanks, Carrie, for this excellent piece of balanced personal thought. While I agree with Michael Ruse on many points I disagree on some details or finer points, but he is an author who allows that, who leaves room for disagreement while enticing you in to make you think for yourself. And while I agree with Richard Dawkins in similar fashion, Michael Ruse is less extreme, less overbearing and therefore much more digestible.

And that is how parents should be in teaching their children in these matters: giving them options, telling them how you think and feel, but also allowing other ways of looking at the world. And teaching children to make their own choices and realise at the same time that it is a personal choice and not a law set in stone.

Teaching your children about thinking there is a God or not, is not the same as teaching them your specific brand of religion or church and nothing else. Believing in a God has nothing to do with for instance believing that gays are (incurable) deviants and a sin. That is believing in the very specific interpretation of a very specific document in relation to a very specific image of a God. And as such has little to do with morality or ethics, despite what the firm believers say. Teach your children what is good and what is bad and how to think for themselves and they will find their moral compass irrespective of the presence of a God in their lives.
 

Jason R. (58)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 9:10 am
If you can't prove it and there is no sign of a God, how can one believe in a God and be true to themselves?

Ask Mother Teresa how many of her millions of prayers were answered. So, what does belief in God offer us? War and division is right at the top of that list. Poverty is a sub cause. We need to be real.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 10:13 am
Let the kids decide whatever works for them. I am personally against religion but believe in spirituality. But each person has their own view of life.
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 1:27 pm
We didn't discuss god in my house, and never attended church....although I was raised Catholic. We live by the Golden Rule--kindness first. We, as parents, never believed in physical violence against another...and had great teaching moments raising 6 boys. When they did ask the "god" question, I told them they were free to attend any church, and believe whatever they wanted to---just don't come home preaching to me. They are happy, loving, intelligent adults who often question the status quo. All of them are even known as the "peacemakers" within their circle of friends.
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 2:09 pm
I have always been a non-believer in gods, That being said-I would take my Mom to church and sat through it (methodist) every Sunday after my Dad died because that little woman was the worst driver on the planet and I really didn't want her killing anyone or herself. I always felt my child should make up her own mind as to what or who or if she wanted to believe in religion wise. She went to different churches talked with folks of differing religions and finally decided on the jewish faith. Her husband is a non-believer but like me feels it is up to the individual. That is the way it should be. I have to admit I really don't care for the backward annoying you are going to hell if you aren't exactly like us crowd and if provoked enough I will tell them my "You bring the marshmallows, I will bring sticks since apparently we are all going there (they judged me-wrong answer according to the bible.) because I really enjoy the confused look they get on their faces and then when I EXPLAIN it to them they sometimes turn a lovely shade of red and suddenly feel they are late for something and beat feet. I would say the devil made be do it but I don't believe the devil exists either so I would be lying and that goes against my ethics.
 

TsalagiForHim Forever (2)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 2:10 pm
How can you not believe in God when you see all that He created.. How can you possible believe that everything around you came from a single cell or the so called big bang.. God spoke and all came to be, He breathed Himself into man, everything made to reproduce after its on kind... Why is it so hard for people to believe that God so loves us.. He gave so much and all we have to do is say Yes... I believe, I accept and I will walk in your will and your love Father...
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 7:12 pm
When my children were young they went to quite a few different churches. It was up to them to make their own decision when they became adults. I grew up in a household where my Mother was catholic and my Father was an atheist. I was taught to always be kind to others, and to turn the other cheek.
Thanks Carrie.
 

Terry King (108)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 7:54 pm
I always encouraged my children to choose their own imaginary friends.
 

Michael A. (27)
Friday February 7, 2014, 12:54 am
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