Originally Posted by xaloxe
We are raising our children to be moral, ethical, virtuous, empathetic, intelligent, critical thinkers. I would be very saddened if we failed in these tasks. I imagine many of the posters here could make that same statement, the religious and atheist alike, and we wouldn't know which category they fell into. We have all come to our belief systems through experience, I feel we all would like to help give our children a headstart so they don't have to face so many of the same struggles and hardships to come to a conclusion. That said, it seems many here recognise that every one of us, our children included, will make their own decisions based on their own life experiences. We are here to give them the tools to help them along that road.
Without getting into a religious discussion I do find it most fascinating how varrying our "tools" are. For us personally it consists of critical thought, intelligent understanding of processes, accepting 100% responsibility for one's own actions, thoughts and feelings, having the ability to say "I don't know" and teaching them how to find the answers, and teaching them the wonders and power of the words "why" and "how".
Like I said, if we fail in these tasks we have set for ourselves, I will be dissapointed. Not in our children, but in ourselves. I will always be the one to ask "why" and "how", even to my own kids, no matter what they believe. I do hope they continue to do the same.
How beautifully put, and I agree completely!
What a very interesting thread, even the part that has digressed into a defense of Christianity.
I hesitate to say I believe in God, because of what others think God is. My limited concept of God, or the Divine, is that it is something too big to wrap your mind (or Bible or Bhagavad Gita) around. But I can use that word if it is convenient sometimes.
I find a great spiritual connection and groundedness in many places, among friends, in nature and elsewhere and hope that my children will feel some of the same awe, connectedness and immensity that I have.
I have rebelled against Christianity as I was raised by catholics and mormons that were anything but Christ-like. We are raising our ds and his future siblings UU in order to foster the exploration of many paths on the way to finding his own.
No, I don't care if they believe in God or use god language, but like so many others here, I hope they will think critically and be accepting and broad-minded in the way they view the world!
Thich Nhat Hahn has said (in a sentiment that I love) " All religions are like fingers pointing to the moon, do not mistake the finger for the moon."
I hope my children fall in love with the beauty of "the moon" without being "fundamentally" attached to any finger that points to it.