The issue of children and religion
Michael De Dora
Posted on January 10, 2013
In November, I published an essay in which I outlined several of my basic objections to Christian baptisms. The article received a fair amount of the critical response (for example, see the comments here), which was understandable and indeed expected given the sensitive nature of the subject which I addressed.
However, most of the response focused on the controversial and much larger question of how to best raise children in regards to religion — a subject which I, admittedly, did not really address in much depth. I should say that I would like to write an essay on this question at some point in the near future. But, for now, I simply have too many commitments to allocate the energy the project deserves.
So, in the meantime, I would like to share three links I have discovered which I think both religious and non-religious people thinking about this issue will find interesting:
- In the Boston Magazine, Katherine Ozment takes a personal approach in exploring how parents who are religiously unaffiliated should handle the subject of religion with their children, then offers a brief “Guide for the Perplexed.”
- For those seeking a more in-depth take on secular parenting, the website Parenting Beyond Belief features an FAQ, interviews, and other many other resources — including information on two highly rated books.
- And in New York Times, seven people of different religious and non-religious backgrounds attempt to answer the question, “when does a religious upbringing cross the line from nurturing to oppressive?”
As always, I also welcome your commentary at mdedora [at] gmail [dot] com.