Posted: 16 December 2010 at 9:21am | IP Logged
think it is completely possible for people from two different religions to raise a kid that is not confused. And without being athiest. I have seen it happen with a few of people I know.
There area couple of things that can happen:
1) The child can be raised to be aganotic-spiritual taking whats best from both religions and praticing them in joint rituals and unique ways.
2)They can be of both religions; they pratice relegions till they are old enough to choose one or they continue praticing both all thier life finding a way for them to co-exsist later in life ( so creating a religious relatvism/agnostism)
3) They are raised in a third faith. I know someone who is christian and hindu, that themselves praticed buddhism and raised their kid as buddhist well.
Any of these options of course requires people to see god and religion as more liquid and not be ridgidly religious. They need to put thier love, humanity and faith be more important than the traditional ideo of god.
There is one last option
4) They are raised as one parents religions and the other spouse usally converts, you see this in India where its usually the males religion that is embraced.
Of coourse in this case one spouse is more flexible than the other.
So NO they do not have to be atheist, however that is a good option with nothing wrong. People who do not belive is god can still be good and have very strong sense of right and wrong. Unlike what most religious people think. Living in a very liberal city in America I know few athiest and they are good people in fact one of them is a police officer who athiest because he has seen some horrible thigs of what people do in the name of religion.
Edited by Savia - 16 December 2010 at 9:45am