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First, it's extremely unlikely that a 2 year old really understands the issues and the logical, scientific, and historical arguments for and against any given religion or non-religion. I wouldn't try to burden her with difficult subjects beyond her understanding. Second, you have to consider just how far you want to go with this, considering that it will ...


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I know many people who were raised religious and are atheists, and many others who grew up atheist and are religious. I'm personally religious despite grown up in a fairly skeptical household, and judging by your question, you are agnostic despite having been raised religious. Given that your child (and mine) will grow up in a world with both religious ...


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You have a nice little problem of getting ostracized. You do not have to show someone about the ugly side of things. Do what real agnostic do, ask question, use the Socratic method with your kid. At that age, kids are very curious. With you, make sure she isn't punished or lied to for asking questions. You could also go the other way, instead of hiding ...


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Treat it like any other rule where you and society disagree on how to raise your child. Imagine if you said "I don't want my child to drink soda until she is 20", and go from there. Setting the rule Obviously in your own home, explain the rule and don't break it yourself (this should be fairly easy) For people your child is around a lot and who might ...


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At the moment its just a ritual like saying "please" or brushing hair; she is too young to understand the theology. Later you can discuss your beliefs (or lack of them) and the extent to which she should continue respecting her grandparents beliefs. If she notices that you don't follow this ritual then thats probably a good time to start explaining that you ...


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I actively deal with a situation similar to this. While the children were younger I explained to them that not everyone believes the same things. For example, there are many different religions with similar views as well as those with different views -- including the view that religions may have the story wrong. I explained, at the time, though now they ...


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This problem seems to come up a lot, and I think it comes for a large part from what stuffe mentioned in his answer. People put religion on a special pedestal, like it's a more important/valid/respectable/believable thing than any other opinion people hold. This causes the situation to be approached very differently from most other discussions, because both ...


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As an atheist with children and a mildly religious wife, family and school, this question keeps troubling me, too. I have found no answer yet. And I think that the question is based one some misconceptions, which I will try to point out. First, imagine a child who only gets exposed to people of the same faith/nonfaith. A child who only gets to know devout ...


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Live and let live. While you will obviously want to go along with the show at the bar mitzvah, if the nephews ever ask about your beliefs, I see no reason to lie, even by omission. If your sister's feelings are hurt because you tell your nephews that you do not believe in God, then quite frankly that's your sister's problem, not yours. Also, I'll disagree ...


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While you should not lie, you can tell half truths. So rather than telling them about your lack of religious belief, you could instead tell them you were raised Jewish just like them. I would however suggest that you talk to your sister about it, tell her that you don't want to lie but want to respect her wishes, so if they do ask, how does she want you to ...



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