I wanted to invite my new friends at FriendlyAtheist.com for a discussion I thought of while reading through a recent thread. I didn’t address it over there because I didn’t want to take the thread off track. It was a post about a recent article in the Chicago Tribune regarding a summer camp for non-religious families called Quest Camp. If you’re interested in that thread than head over there. (That post is a few days old by now so that site may not see my recent comment. Hopefully my current agnostic/atheist blogging friends will help me out here. 🙂 )
Now for my twist. Christian parents generally try to raise their children in a “religious” environment. Yes, I’m being VERY general here but its ok. I didn’t want to spend 4 paragraphs on definitions and disclaimers. Sometimes, the children “stray” from their upbringing whether its a choice not to pursue a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, taking blatant turns toward crime, or not believing in God at all. And the Christian parents lament over the paths the children have taken.
Here we go…do non-religious families have a similar experience when/if their children decide to believe in God or pursue a religious experience? Do atheist parents lament if their children stray from their non-religious upbringing?
I’m not trying to pick a fight and I’m asking my readers to discuss this as grown-ups and without attack. Parent to parent–what do you go through? Is it a non-issue?