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Essential Parenting

July 14, 2013

If you believe everything you read, then kids are doomed. If both of their parents work outside the home, then it’s hopeless. If one parent is a pastor, then forget about it....

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Jul-14-13 12:49 PM

A very informative letter and one that speaks what seems to me to be very sensible. I have one thought, however, about the author's conclusions.

The author concludes that modeling and supporting a life of religious faith and practice is a key factor in raising children and teens into well formed and mature adults. As a professor and dean in a liberal arts Christian college it's not surprising that he does so. I wonder, though, if a religion is really necessary since a good system of morals and ethics can be taught without the framework of religious belief.

Religious training for kids too often descends into indoctrination of rigid dogma and irrational belief in the face of reality. A good moral and ethical upbringing doesn't necessarily need religion to form ideal adults.

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Jul-15-13 10:46 AM

Emelye, we're on the same page for once. I agree 100%. Both I and my wife are atheists and I do not believe that my child is doomed to poor development and a life of immorality because of it.

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Jul-19-13 8:56 AM

Atheists do not have to do ANYTHING to secure their future doom, John 3:18. However if you want to spend eternity in Heaven you'll have to be born again John 3:3. sorry (pslm 14:1)

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