count2infinity wrote:I mean it's the parent's choice as far as how to raise the child. I'm pretty sure I know how I'm going to raise my child as far as religion is concerned... let them decide when the get old enough to grasp the concept of religion. I'm not going to force any particular religion or lack there of on my child. I'll obviously attempt to instill a good set of morals, but if they want to go to church, i'll take them, if they want to go with a friend, I'll let them, if they don't want to go, then they don't have to.
columbia wrote:Why do you interpret that as nihilism?
count2infinity wrote:Yeah, but the absence of a supreme being doesn't necessarily mean your life lacks meaning, does it?
count2infinity wrote:So it's impossible to be an Atheist and still have a sense of self-worth, family, love?
columbia wrote:I don't seek an explanation for my existence, but certainly don't spend my time rejecting that which provides fulfillment or meaning.
count2infinity wrote:but it's okay to instill the idea that "we're right, everyone else is wrong, don't question it?" and i realize you haven't said any of this directly, but indirectly you seem to imply it.
Godric wrote:incapable of making peace with the fact that there is no explanation. I won't bring any other life into this world because of that.
Kraftster wrote:Yeah, I don't interpret that as nihilism either.
I'm not thrilled with the idea of teaching a child any one view of religion/metaphysics/meaning of existence/etc. I think its only natural to explain your own beliefs to your children; however, I think its important that other alternative/opposing views be discussed as well. Hopefully one allows one's child to ultimately make his/her own choice on the matter.
Godric wrote:columbia wrote:I don't seek an explanation for my existence, but certainly don't spend my time rejecting that which provides fulfillment or meaning.
I am mentally incapable maybe physiologically incapable of making peace with the fact that there is no explanation. I won't bring any other life into this world because of that, maybe I really am mentally damaged.
I suppress the thought, daily.