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Child Asks "Is God Real?"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Pels Sep 10, 2011. 10 Replies

My spouse is a devout Christian and I am an atheist. Fortunately, I accept and support her and her beliefs and she does the same for me. Religious belief/disbelief has never been an issue for us. My…Continue

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Don Pels replied to Don Pels's discussion Child Asks "Is God Real?"
"Thanks for the ideas. Here's how it went:Parents: Remember when you asked the question "is God real?" That is a question that you have to answer for yourself. Some people believe in God, some people don't. In fact, many people…"
Sep 10, 2011
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"Hi Don. Welcome to this haven of truth, peace, and freedom for freethinking----which is far from the superstitions and fictional god of the masses.  "Well-founded common sense helped by science leads to atheist wisdom." We invite…"
Sep 10, 2011
George replied to Don Pels's discussion Child Asks "Is God Real?"
"Since diplomacy is important here, have you asked your wife how she feels about it?  Would it be a problem if you just said you didn't believe in god?   My impulse would be to say: I don't believe any god exists.   Your…"
Sep 10, 2011
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Dustin Martin replied to Don Pels's discussion Child Asks "Is God Real?"
"Be honest. Say you don't know and or you don't believe so. Encourage free thought by telling your child that she is free to believe whatever she wants. Mention that there are many different god beliefs and that you find none of them…"
Sep 10, 2011
Brian Wood replied to Don Pels's discussion Child Asks "Is God Real?"
"In the same situation 35 years ago.  I said to my two boys, "I don't think so, but other people do.  You'll have to make up your own minds.""
Sep 10, 2011
Ruth Anthony-Gardner left a comment for Don Pels
"Welcome, Don! Glad you could join us. :D Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. "
Sep 9, 2011
mistercliff replied to Don Pels's discussion Child Asks "Is God Real?"
"There's a book called "Raising Freethinkers" which might address this issue, I've not read it yet, but have been wanting to check it out. This could actually be a chance to teach scientific method. Rather than just you saying…"
Sep 9, 2011
Torkoal (Gotta catch 'em all) replied to Don Pels's discussion Child Asks "Is God Real?"
"Tell her your views and your spouse's views. Also mention other beliefs, and tell her that any of these could be right, by she'll have to make the choice for herself. "
Sep 9, 2011
Ted E Bear replied to Don Pels's discussion Child Asks "Is God Real?"
"She is seven, not stupid. You would be surprised how capable little people are. Be honest; explain that you both disagree on this point and that you feel that’s it make believed while her mother’s feel that there is a good possibility of…"
Sep 9, 2011
Jerry Wesner replied to Don Pels's discussion Child Asks "Is God Real?"
"First, I think the person to answer is the one she asks.  But you need to work out an answer that respects both positions without putting pressure on her to choose -- at least now.  Perhaps along the line of "Your mother believes…"
Sep 9, 2011
Stephanie replied to Don Pels's discussion Child Asks "Is God Real?"
"Although it isn't an issue between you and your spouse, it is an issue between parents and children. Haven't you both discussed beforehand how to deal with these questions when they come up? Ideally it should be done before the…"
Sep 9, 2011
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Child Asks "Is God Real?"

My spouse is a devout Christian and I am an atheist. Fortunately, I accept and support her and her beliefs and she does the same for me. Religious belief/disbelief has never been an issue for us. My seven year-old child asked me "Is God Real?" She has been attending church, Sunday school, etc.. Of course I do not attend church.I would never just say "No," especially when I also want to respect my spouse's beliefs. I'm not quite sure how to answer this question. Any thoughts?See More
Sep 9, 2011

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At 5:55pm on September 10, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Don. Welcome to this haven of truth, peace, and freedom for freethinking----which is far from the superstitions and fictional god of the masses. 

"Well-founded common sense helped by science leads to atheist wisdom."

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 500 discussion topics and 2980 members.

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At 10:48pm on September 9, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Don! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends.

 
 
 

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