Originally Posted by drigerV88
As we all know the "tradition" that in chrisitianity children are usually "forced" into the religion at baptism by their parents. Personally i have been very blessed that my parents didnt follow this tradition and i am still an atheust that goes to a catholic school and all but for alot of my fellow catholic friends this has been a big problem. How do you feel about this?
A very nice question. The more I think about it, the deeper it becomes.
On one hand, is it really wrong for parents of a faith to wish their children to also follow their faith? Especially when their faith holds that if they don't, the children will be punished in the afterlife?
On the other hand, is it moral for parents to teach their children something unscientific, and by modern standards bigoted (with respect to other religions as well as alternative sexual preferences)? Is it moral for the family to cast some sort of social punishment on a child if they renounce the religion, become homosexual, marry into another faith, etc?
I don't know. I guess I was "indoctrinated" Jewish. I went to a Jewish preschool, then after that always spent a couple hours at least one day a week in religious school. When I was youngest it was only Sunday, then it ramped up to two days a week, then when I was 11, 12, 13 (the years leading up to a Bar Mitzvah) it was three days a week. I had a Bar Mitzvah.
And yet I've decided I don't believe in god, and my family doesn't outcast me in any way. In fact, I've pretty much got my dad admitting that he doesn't believe in god either.
I dont know, I think my situation (and the ease of which I can renounce god without any social stigma) might have to with the high level of secularity in my family and in my community, and also in the different way that Judaism looks upon people like myself compared to Christianity.