We are just not raising ours with religion. We do discuss it, because the kids have asked why my husband and I do not believe in god. I think what helped my 13 year old daughter the most was being nearly tormented in school by classmates when she was in the 3rd or 4th grade because she admitted that she didn't believe. I think the reaction from students (such as , "Do you want to go to hell?") completely turned her off.
Kudos, B. Fletcher, for being a good parent! Your methods seem sound, and hopefully with a broad background in mythology, the kids will recognize the non-dead religions also as "just another story". I would try to make critical thinking a key component -- not grilling them, but occasionally tossing out something like, "Do you think that this really happened?" and then "Why, or why not?" I think that it's never too early to teach children critical thinking skills, though I get some push back from parents on this who want to extend "that precious time of innocence".
I like Richard Dawkins' approach in his wonderful children's book "The Magic of Reality", in which he describes several beliefs simply and non-judgmentally, and then introduces current scientific thought on those matters. He doesn't present one as ignorant and the other as true, but lets the child compare them and draw their own inferences. An important part of this method is presenting more than one view on each subject in each session. Young children typically have quite short attention spans, and it's a lot to ask of them to reach back into memory and recognize the contrasts and similarities of tonight's story with one from a couple of weeks ago.
Anyway, keep up the good work, and thank you for helping to create a new generation of thinkers rather than followers! My Mom would have been proud of you.
I want to tell my younger brother - he's 13 - about how religion is nonsense but I've never found the courage to do so. Don't really feel comfortable. I'm hoping he gets there on his own as he learns about evolution in school and makes his own conclusions. He's not very exposed to religion at all as we don't go to church nor are my parents religious (though they aren't atheists either) so my parents won't be telling him about "god"....so that might help a bit. Although I'm not sure how my mom would react when he starts to believe god can't be real and all that...she thinks the Bible has some good in it...when I told her I was atheist, she didn't react as maybe a lot of religious parents would, but she wasn't exactly supportive. Another obstacle is that I'm not very close to my little brother and even with my family I don't talk a whole lot. And as I said, I'm a bit uncomfortable talking about these things for some reason.
He's a smart kid, so I really hope he comes to the conclusion that religion is absurd on his own.