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Go to: Guidance in turning my children to reason

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My wife was raised Catholic by quite strict parents - leaving the usual scars. I was a committed atheist when we met and it has taken me 20+ years to gradually introduce the concept of skeptical reasoning and the benefits have been huge. Without giving me credit (she is too strong for that!), she has become quite anti-religious and I attribute this to 3 things:

  • Realising that all the guilt and sexual repression BS she was taught as a kid is actually dangerous

  • Realising that the religiously conservative demand very strong adherence to rules and principles, but they do not subject these rules to any investigation. Her very religious father for example has served as a juror. He demands extraordinary evidence for the conviction of a criminal and yet demands no evidence for the foundation of his world-view. This is an obvious double standard.

  • Finally, 10+ years of youtube style clips that I've "accidentally" watched while she's been around. I've used people she admires: Stephen Fry, Penn Jillette, Derren Brown to show that the human mind is a far more impressive playground than any religionist could imagine

  • In that time, and against my will, she has had our 3 children baptised and we even married in Catholic church - but I know that if she had her time again, she would have done none of these and I am shortly going to look into unbaptising my kids (if this is possible?) It's all a slow process, but without too much pain and some compromise, I have managed to bring skepticism, reason and critical thinking into our home and kicked religion out. I wish you luck with your journey.

    Al

    Tue, 07 Aug 2012 14:06:10 UTC | #950493

    Go to: Q&A: Sam Harris

    alonthemed's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by alonthemed

    It is interesting to note for once, that the level of debate in the comments section of the "linked to" article (tabletmag) is more relevant and imo superior to the tennis-like Israel-Palestine banter here at RD!!

    Al

    Thu, 31 May 2012 16:37:04 UTC | #944772

    Go to: A Year After the Non-Apocalypse: Where Are They Now?

    alonthemed's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by alonthemed

    I've just scanned through the comments at the end of the original article, and they give an eye opening insight into the minds of the faithful: Basically Camping's lot were deluded but "moderate" religionists are not!

    One classic example: "Conviction is one thing but faith must be tempered with common sense. That is what Camping's and Miller's followers both lacked"

    If only it were possible to disprove scripture based prophecy on a massive scale, then maybe real common sense may prevail.

    Al

    Thu, 24 May 2012 08:50:18 UTC | #943244

    Go to: Am I over-reacting?

    alonthemed's Avatar Jump to comment 21 by alonthemed

    I was CofE educated until the age of 11, which was relatively harmless in Britain in the late 70s. I remember distinctly that seeing the "CofE aided" sign outside the school every day made me question the religion that brushed past me from time to time, leading me to "come out" as an atheist at age 12. I also remember going on school/church organised visits which were much less "evangelical" and "committed christian" than they appear to be today, but more just how things were done at the time. I don't remember any happy-clappy woo... Regardless, I don't think you are overreacting and Nurnord's offer to pass this info to the BHA will hopefully bear some fruit. It is important that these encroachments on our liberty are taken seriously, and your post may encourage others who have similar issues to come forward and be counted.

    On another note, I now live in France and have 3 children going through the public school system here. Whilst no educational systems are perfect, the overwhelming emphasis on a secular education is refreshing and reassuring and it allows children to concentrate on learning, rather than having to swim against the undercurrent of bronze-age superstition.

    Al

    Fri, 11 May 2012 10:07:56 UTC | #940998

    Go to: The God issue: New science of religion

    alonthemed's Avatar Jump to comment 2 by alonthemed

    Is it just me, or is this New Scientist article wholly unscientific? Maybe the Templeton Foundation has taken over editorial control??

    Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:37:28 UTC | #928933

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