Is this every atheist parent’s worst nightmare? Imagine your child grows up to be an evangelical Christian or Scientologist!
Dale McGowan explains how to handle this situation:
As usual, Dale holds a view that I would hope others do, too.
There’s a difference between fundamentalist faith and an intelligent theist who accepts the world (and evolution and geology) as it is but also thinks a God could have a role in developing and guiding that world.
If you raise your kids to ask good questions and to be skeptical about what they learn, then you also have to accept the path they choose to follow. It may not be the same as your own.
The worst idea, I think, is to force atheism onto your children and tell them they’re not even allowed to even consider a theistic worldview. That’s going to backfire.
Would you be really upset if your child became religious?
Would that sadness be any different from that of your parents when you told them you were an atheist (if that was the case)?