February 22, 2013

Seeking Input of Atheist Parents

This one is for all you atheist parents out there. I am not a parent, and I feel poorly equipped to respond to this great question left by Krystal in a comment on a post about how to find an atheist support group. I suspect she is not the only one who has faced this situation before. Here's her question:
I need some advice! After years of desperately trying to make sense of my Christian religion, I have come to terms with the fact that I just don't believe that fantasy anymore! Although this is a good thing for me, my young children (8 and under) have been involved with the Methodist church and I have taught them about God and Jesus. I always thought that just because I am having problems in my faith I shouldn't keep them from trying to know Christ. Now I know I have made a mistake. How do I tell my young children that I made a mistake and that God is not real?
What do you think? Is it a matter of telling one's children that gods are not real, hoping they will discover this on their own, or something else? I guess I'd be tempted to tell them that I have changed my mind and explain why and try not to pressure them to change their minds, but I'd be very interested to hear what you think.

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