We talk a lot on this site about how children who become atheists should come out to their family and what the reactions are.
Let’s go the other way around.
Reader Warren writes:
We frequently hear about how atheists are treated when they come out as such to their religious parents. I wonder: how would any of your readers/contributors feel about their children coming out as religious? The thought chills my heart, and I know you couldn’t do anything but love them anyway. I think I would have to have a non-reaction. Make it no big deal. Continue to have gentle conversations based in reality all the while hiding the deep deep deep pain caused by their choice.
For me (who will be childless for some time still), it’d depend on which faith we’re talking about… and how their new persona differs from what I’ve raised them to be.
Would I be disappointed? Yeah, probably. But the level of disappointment would vary depending on what they converted to…
Buddhist? Meh. Not a huge deal.
Scientologist? Now, I’m scared.
What say you?
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