Would you be mad and/or disappointed with your kids if they told you they were an Atheist? Or were you if they did?
I'd be disappointed but not angry.
Considering there is no empirical evidence to prove god does or doesn't exist, what they believe is meaningless and unimportant. As long as they are a good person with a well foundation of morals. That's all someone could ask for
It is the equivalent to being mad or even disappointed if your child chooses to be gay/bisexual/straight. We shouldn't have control over it if they are grown teens. We are not supremest dictators, people!
Yes. I raised my kids catholic and the oldest has left the religion. It saddens me. I respect her choice but I would definitely prefer she come back to church. I don't think she believes in God anymore. It's heartbreaking.
Do you try to covert her again?
Convert her? Once a catholic, always a catholic, but I do invited her to join me at church and pray that she will return one day.
Not really. I was raised catholic and now I'm not
I'd be disappointed if they weren't. That said, everybody has to come to their own conclusions. I've believed a lot of stupid nonsense in my life. It's a constant winnowing process.
I find such comfort in what I believe. I would only be concerned with their comfort.
No, but I would first try an talk to him with my rabbi about how He/She may be wrong.
Don't bother me if they were
My daughter and her husband are atheists. It doesn't bother me in the slightest. To each their own.
I literally was going to comment with "To each their own" haha.
My son is an atheist. My daughter and I are agnostics.
I'd kick them out of the house, and then start shooting around them as they run naked into the forest.
I'd be glad they thought for themselves and came to the conclusion which best fit. That specific conclusion is one I share, but I wouldn't force them away from other things if they had concluded differently.
I'd be happy with them
I would not because I've been through a similar experience with my father, when I told him that I'm Pagan. My dad kept telling me that everything that was wrong with is is because I was not Christian. He's still not happy but he has backed off.
No. I'd be proud of them for having the guts to use reason and dismiss the fear.
wouldn't change a thing
Not at all.
How about if they told you they believe in Jesus Christ and started attending church every Sunday?
I would ask him or her how that religion was chosen out of the many different religions. To make sure that the same logic used to decide which religions not to follow was applied to the religion he or she chose to follow.
I may be disappointed but it wouldn't drastically change our relationship
I would be disappointed and hope that they would believe again in time. But, I would never let it change our relationship.
Anything non-fundamentalist is fine with me. I would be disappointed if they went down the fundamentalist path.
No doubt, Cite.
Not at all :)
A bit disappointed perhaps, but I would still love them and accept them regardless.
I'm with him in this one