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    The Religion of Your Children

    Some of us want to have, or already have children. What attitude do you take in regards to the religion of your children? Did you/will you raise them according to your religion or did you/do you just educate them about religion but thought/think they should make the choice themselves?

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    I'd raise my kids as Christians. When they become adults, if they want to change their religion, it's their business.

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    My children will make their own decisions in regards to religion. If they wish for information, or my opinion, I can always give that to them when the time is right... but for now (my kids are all under the age of 7) I am rather vague about spiritual matters... although I'm very open about believing in reincarnation, and without even intending to, I suppose I convey it as a fact at times, rather than merely my belief.

    In any case, I will support my kids in whatever choice they eventually make regarding religion.

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    I am not religious so I will not push any faith onto my children. I believe I will teach them about their ancestors and what their beliefs were, however.


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    I'm a Gnostic, meaning that I believe that there can be spiritual knowledge, and that some spiritual knowledge is aetheric in nature, and can only be found and confirmed in experience. But that doesn't make me indifferent to tradition. Quite the contrary, I think that good tradition is a vehicle for spiritual development. I will pass on the most vital parts of tradition, both Christian and Heathen, also proverbs on this and that, as well as the tradition of Philosophy. In addition I will pass on a lot of stories from my own quest, along with some of the best of the less well known influences that I have found to be true, sound, meaningful, helpful and so on. Most importantly, I will be a good role model in good will, self love and general ethics. Not least important, I will teach my children how to stand tall against disrespect, buffoonery and anyone who may want to harm them.

    Generally, in upbringing, I have to say that I think the principle of letting children decide for themselves is only applicable as a way of allowing them time and space to evolve, to do the things that will make them really happy and prosperous. Trying to bring up children in a neutral environment spiritually - I think it can only be neglect and detrimental to their development. Spirituality is intimately connected to morality and to all the things that the child should eventually master on his own.
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    Both my sons are too young to even worry about it, but my daughter has been exposed to a wide variety of spiritual belief. She knows how her ancestors (both ancient and modern) viewed religion, and how other people have, too. I think that for her (and later my sons) to find anything meaningful she will have to find it for herself. I will help and encourage her wherever I can, but ultimately it is a decision that must be made for oneself by oneself.

    As for the ethical component of religion, I am not as laissez-faire. We teach the children "right from wrong", and they have the example of family and friends to guide them.

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    I was raised a liberal Christian and my girlfriend has had mostly an atheist upbringing. Both of us are strongly anti-Christian and anti-clerical.

    Since my girlfriend is still pretty much atheist today and since my pantheistic views are inspired various religions all over the world, I will try to teach my future children the pantheistic views I have and stimulate them not to focus on just one religion. Whether they will accept of reject this, is something time will tell.

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    If/When I find someone crazy enough to reproduce with me I will leave the children to decide what they want to learn. I will introduce them to Neitzsche and Evola and Black Sun at an early age though
    "For the authentic revolutionary conservative, what really counts is to be faithful not to past forms and institutions, but rather to principles of which such forms and institutions have been particular expressions, adequate for a specific period of time and in a specific geographical area." Julius Evola - Men Among the Ruins

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beornulf View Post
    I will introduce them to Neitzsche and Evola and Black Sun at an early age though
    Be careful with that. The thought police surely wouldn't like it and children under 10 wouldn't be able to distinguish between information they can share and information they can't share with others. You don't want your kids to become outcasts because they happen to hold controversial views.

    I would definitely like to teach my children the proper historical background and the proper philosophers, but I don't think it would be wise to start with that before the age of 10, unless you're homeschooling them.

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    I wouldn't raise my children anything but Catholic. I don't mind if my husband is not super religious, but I still prefer someone who was raised Catholic like myself. I wouldn't even say I'm staunchly Catholic when it comes to dogma and such, but tradition is important to me, and my family has been Catholic for about a 1000 years now so I definitely wouldn't want to be the one to break it. Plus, I cannot stand many Protestants either

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