Beliefs and Children


Should parents force their children to follow their brand of Religion and God? On the other hand should parents force them to be an Atheist?

May be the just way is to explain to them about God/religion and Atheism. Encourage them to question everything including your own belief/non-belief. Give them books to read which explains the essence of religion and free thinking.
Let them choose their own path at their own time.

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10 thoughts on “Beliefs and Children

  1. ‘May be the just way is to explain to them about God/religion and Atheism. Encourage them to question everything including your own belief/non-belief. Give them books to read which explains the essence of religion and free thinking.
    Let them choose their own path at their own time.’ – I agree with that completely.

    That is the way we are trying to raise daughter. Giving her all the information, encouraging her to question, to read, to understand, and then she can decide what makes sense to her..

    • Smitha,
      Welcome here. Yes what u r doing is correct.
      Kids will be influenced by Parent’s belief or lack of belief. But encourage them to question and not blindly follow anything.

    • I agree with you too? I too agree with you?
      BTW, just noticed that Arun/Charakan is on Blogger/Wordpress/Twitter … all products of American Capitalism. Sigh!

      • Arpan, welcome here
        U meant they are the products of Science?
        Yes they are and they reach us via Capitalist Market. It is true that Capitalism gives a big boost to Technological developments. We all are part of that system and should use it to our advantage.

  2. I don’t see anything wrong with the parents teaching their children their own religion, however where it becomes expected and forced we have a problem. If a child grows into an adult and decides I’m not a hindu, christian, muslim, athiest whatever the parents have no right to tell him otherwise.

  3. Relevant post. Even after attending religious classes and rituals for so many years now I find it all meaningless. They demand unquestioning faith. Questioning is considered blasphemy. If each one can be good to oneself as well as to others the world will be a much better place even without these religions which mostly work on threats/promises. I never impose any religion on my kids.

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