I received this email recently. I did send some of my own suggestions to the parent, but I told her I’d also put the message on here and see what others have to say:
After struggling with issues of faith for a while, my husband and I have recently “de-converted”. Our boys (ages 10 & 12) have been raised in the church and are true (fundamentalist) believers. For example, I recently heard my son say that evolution was stupid, so I asked him why he thought that. He cited the Bible and became very upset when I suggested that there might be some truth to evolution after all. We want to teach them to think critically and especially not to have blind faith in the Bible or church leaders, but we really don’t know how to broach the issue or even whether we should at this point. We’ve been reading a lot of books, articles, web material, etc. but haven’t come across anything that addresses this issue. Do you know of any resources for this?
If you have any advice, please leave a message in the comments!
[tags]atheist, atheism, parenting[/tags]