Is there or isn’t there?
Our son, Little D, is taking an online college course through our state’s university this semester. It’s to help him gain enough credits to graduate a year early. He chose Intro to Philosophy. This week’s assignment was to discuss whether or not he believes in the existence of G-O-D. When he first started the class last week, he and I had a long conversation about this assignment, and he was kind of undecided at that point.
D and I were both raised very religious, her catholic, me, born again christian. I have always questioned the bible, my parents beliefs, and those taught to us in church. I was basically dragged to church from the time I was 12 until I was 17, and then my parents decided it wasn’t worth the fight. (Before 12, I went willingly, although not entirely happily). When it came time to become confirmed, I denied the opportunity. I spent most of the teen years in the church nursery taking care of other people’s children. I enjoyed Christmas Eve service, and even looked forward to it, but that’s about it. D went to church with her mother faithfully until she was in her 20’s, and then stopped. She isn’t sure what she believes either.
Last night, Little D and I were home alone, as D was at her class, and we had another discussion about it, because that was the day he was supposed to post what he thought. He came to the conclusion that he does not believe in god, and I support him in that decision. He also stated that in the future he may change his mind. I implored him to have an open mind about his classmates views, not to try and change his decision, but to try and understand the other position as well. He said he will. I am very proud of him for thinking hard about this, and coming to his own conclusions, instead of having them forced on him by us.
We have had discussions about this subject before, and I have always told him that I am still searching for the right answer to the question. Because of D’s and my upbringing, I am almost afraid to say there is nothing out there. But my logical mind tells me that the scientific evidence makes more sense than the theological views. I told Little D that it may very well be a lifelong journey for him.
It’s been so cool being able to have deep conversations with him about topics like these, and I hope that continues. He’s got a good head on his shoulders and I am so glad he wants to learn about so many different things.
What about you? How and what do you plan to teach your children about religion? God?