Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
You state yourself that you tell people your religion is atheism.
That classifies atheism in your mind as a religion, therefore a belief system.
As atheism is founded on the belief in the non-existence of god(s), I rest my case.
The human psyche has two great sicknesses: the urge to carry vendetta across generations, and the tendency to fasten group labels on people rather than see them as individuals. Religion fuels both. All violent enmities in the world today fuel their tanks at this holy gas-station. ... Let�s stop being so damned respectful!
It's time to throw off the nostalgia and the illusions, and make a fresh start. Fantasies of wielding supernatural power are not of much help to children, and the belief that unseen powers will look after us and make sure that nothing very bad ever happens to us doesn't do adults much good, either. If we could see the old pre-scientific culture more clearly we wouldn't really want to go back to it. If we weren't so weighed down by false nostalgia, we might be able to create something very much better, and more suited to our own time. The very fact that we call literature about the old supernatural world's continuing imaginative hold over us "fantasy" is surely a warning that we need to make a clean break with it, for our own good.
Originally posted by Jeffrey Hunter:
For those of you who have similar beliefs as I, how have you gone about raising your children?
Originally posted by basha khan:
you are only choosing good.you are only following god.
Originally posted by R K Singh:
someone something is controlling me .. I am denoting that thing as God .. thats all.
Why would you like to impose your beliefs on your children
Originally posted by Mani Ram:
I denote the samething as wife
Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
If someone asks you, a Westerner, which shoe Hang Zhong (an obscure Chinese man living on the outskirts of Beijing) should don first that morning, his right or his left, and you say "it doesn't matter," does this mean that you are a Simultanist -- a category invented in contrast to Rightists and Leftists, who have strong beliefs regarding shoe ordering?
Probably not. It probably means that the question is truly irrelevant to you, and you're baffled by it and by the motivations of the people who ask it.
Originally posted by R K Singh:
Why would you like to impose your beliefs on your children, let him decide what are his beliefs.. I agree child is "most" influenced by his parents but not "fully".
SO let him have his own beliefs, who knows he could another Budha
Translated by me from Hindi:
Budha was against prayers.
You started praying him.
Budha was against idol worship.
You made his idol and started worshiping.
He was bald.
You put black curly hairs.
Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:
My beliefs back up front, from the sounds of your concerns about how you will raise your children I would suggest that you have some internal conflicts yourself. The reason I say this is because for someone that just plain doesn't care, they probably won't have any kind of attitude with regards to church. I suggest that those that feel anything negative towards church/religion still have doubts about their beliefs. There has to be a reason why you feel the way you do.
If I am totally off base here, no harm no foul?
Originally posted by Richard Hawkes:
If it wasn't 'religion' it'd be (and often is) some other label we'd be fighting about; nationalism, ethnicity, economics. I don't understand why he [Dawkins] has such a bee in his bonnet about God.