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January 31, 2020

Parenting With and Without Religion

Parenting With Religion Vs Without Religion

Parenting With Religion Vs Without Religion

 Parenting with religion..

You tell your child what to believe, what to think, how to feel and teach your child to not use common sense, reasoning and to believe what they are told.

Your child will grow up and start using religion as a crutch instead of dealing with day to day problems. Your child will learn magical thinking and will not be able to think for themselves. Your child will lack coping skills.

Parenting without religion..

The complete opposite of the above. Children learn coping skills. They learn to not blindly believe everything and to question everything. They learn to make logical, informed decisions. They will not blindly believe what they are told. They will look for truth, honesty, integrity and rational explanations to the unknown.Their minds will be open to learning and problem solving.

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In an ever-changing world, creating and maintaining a stable, long lasting and relevant set of morals is up to the individual atheist and his intellectual capacity to channel a healthy understanding of our world through this set into his children's worldview.

The religious individual doesn’t necessarily have to create and maintain anything. Other people have already built a set of morals for us and the kids to follow, all packaged into a convenient, 2000 years old book called the Holy Bible or the Quran. The risk of using the Holy Bible or Quran as the only template is that
  • You may prevent your intellectual capacity from developing by not going through the journey of discovery.
  • You are prone to being manipulated by those who pretend to know the book better than you.
  • You risk imposing your child an understanding of the world that is outdated by 1000 years.
  
One of the common misunderstandings about parenting, is the idea that children can be trained like a robot, and that the education chosen is a certain guarantee that the children will never deviate from their parenting. That is surely the case in the latter decades of the 20th Century and in the early decades of the 21st Century.

Parenting without religious knowledge results and limits the knowledge acquired to secular knowledge. Basically, this means that in the context of the most fundamental question in all philosophy, which is the MBP (Mind/Body Problem) your knowledge foundation will be limited to body, not mind.

Of course, you will be using mind and also assumptions for mental functioning, and the terminology associated with mind and mental functions, but you must make that accord with materialistic assumptions.

The alternative is to journey in logical in coherency, while pretending that there is no logical in coherency. That is what secular education is. It reduces to the proposition that thinking is what matter does, which is logically incoherent.

Whereas at least some of the religious are able to conduct thought in the context of a complete Mind/Body Dichotomy, the secularist has no dichotomy at all. The secularist has matter combined with reduction-ism, as all that exists must, on the premises of secular thought, reduce to matter and the functions of matter.

There is some excellent literature on the subject, some of which is in small slender books of a hundred pages or less. Other literature about it is in larger tomes of several hundred pages. Secularists almost never see the literature, because religious people do not force their ideology upon others as a result of the onset of democratic governments which adopt laws which separate church, temple, synagogue, or mosque, from state functions.

There can also be parenting with religious teaching which is just as extreme as a secular education or secular parenting. For example, there can be religious education which can be an immersion in religious scripture and practices, with only limited education in the domains of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

At the same time, there can be exceptions in some contexts. Some religious education can approximate a secular approach in the lessons learned, such that the religious aspects of parenting are merely superficial and easily abandoned.

The religious person who is familiar with spiritual teachings

(which is not everyone of course) will find it easy to justify moral instruction to children as a subject associated with Divine Commands.

A secular family however, will not find it easy to justify moral instruction by any association with divinity, and this results in a lapse in instruction. They can demand that their children behave “morally,” but that is problematic, because moral teachings are not logically coherent materialist assumptions. Morals are not matter.

Parenting With Religion Vs Without Religion

The other unfortunate aspect of these distinctions, is that when the secularist chooses to introduce some “religious instruction” into their parenting, they choose a more populist, or superficial form of religious life and practice, which does not articulate the refinement of a religious apologetic. This is like being informed of a small percentage of religious concepts, and that is inadequate for a child’s development, when their intellect begins to question all that they have been taught. Materialistic ideas seem very satisfying to the youthful exploration of explanations. Superficial explanations found in popular religion are rather easily cast aside as youth commits the error of supposing that material explanations complete all questions in a satisfactory manner.

When there is liberty to explore “everything” and pursue superficial pursuits associated with fantasy and excitement, it is not guaranteed that any “parenting” guarantees immunity from tragedy or misfortune.

Parenting “with” religion must be qualified. People can participate in a religion, but it is not a guarantee. This is particularly so if the parents are not themselves, engaged in mental development and spiritual development with some kind of foundation in prayer. Hypocrisy in the parent who thinks it their duty to raise “moral” children, while living in moral ambiguity, is often a path to misfortune. God must be as devoutly sought by the parents in real life prayer connections, to invite a heavenly mantle for the children.