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Bible stories for atheist children

Started this discussion. Last reply by SteveInCO May 11. 8 Replies

I have 3 boys, ages 14 (prior marriage), 9, and 6.  I have been an out-of-the-closet atheist for 6 years, but I have always tried to look at the world as a scientist.  (The mental discord of this is…Continue

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SteveInCO replied to Chuck C's discussion 'Bible stories for atheist children'
"Well here's the problem, many sects believe that if there is a conflict between the KJV and the old Hebrew/Greek manuscripts...the manuscripts are wrong!  (This would help with the ol' Isaiah 7:14 virgin/young woman issue too.) …"
May 11
Zenith replied to Chuck C's discussion 'Bible stories for atheist children'
"That's true, but you'd think given how integrity is important to them that they'd correct such an obvious foul-up."
May 11
Unseen replied to Chuck C's discussion 'Bible stories for atheist children'
"Three movies: The Passion of the Christ The Life of Brian Bill Maher's Religulous"
May 10
Chuck C replied to Chuck C's discussion 'Bible stories for atheist children'
"Yeah, I'm not trying to avoid my viewpoint.  Maybe my last bullet sounds too "PC" with the "some people believe" thing. Good point, mentioning indoctrination.  That can help them bridge the gap between "good…"
May 10
Chuck C replied to proudAthiest's discussion 'A question to the atheist parents'
"I started with teaching science and critical thinking, from the time they were 3.  With that grounding, they figured out on their own that religion is made up. But yeah, I have no qualms about saying it's man-made (but in my house,…"
May 10
SteveInCO replied to Chuck C's discussion 'Bible stories for atheist children'
"Many modern Xian translations use the word murder here. Another site I frequent has a guy on it who will jump on anyone who quotes "Thou shalt not kill" and I immediately counter with, "Hey, if you're going to bitch about this,…"
May 10
Zenith replied to Chuck C's discussion 'Bible stories for atheist children'
"There is a really good literal Jewish translation of the Bible without the Christian 'spin'. It's interesting that it opens with 'In the Beginning gods made the world' yep, plural. There's a point for debate…"
May 9
SteveInCO replied to Chuck C's discussion 'Bible stories for atheist children'
"They could get some exposure and context watching movies, too...though I suspect their attention span  isn't long enough for something like The Ten Commandments. It'd be far worse if you were reading the Koran.  When reading the…"
May 9
Jake LaFort replied to Chuck C's discussion 'Bible stories for atheist children'
"Stop trying to avoid your viewpoint. Be straight with your kids. I was brought up by atheists and taught to question. So i read christian theologians and apologists on my own. When your kids are ready and if they are interested they will read both…"
May 9
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Bible stories for atheist children

I have 3 boys, ages 14 (prior marriage), 9, and 6.  I have been an out-of-the-closet atheist for 6 years, but I have always tried to look at the world as a scientist.  (The mental discord of this is what finally forced me to admit my atheism.)I constantly talk about science, math, and logic with my younger two.  I have tried to not force them to be atheists -- I constantly show them other viewpoints.  But I do encourage them to question.  And so they have become critical thinkers.  It's almost…See More
May 9
Chuck C replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I finally understand'
"I came out while working in an area that is 98% of the same faith.  I was made uncomfortable daily (usually unknowingly to them, since I was quiet about it), and at times outright ridiculed.  But I'm an introvert, and geek, and I hate…"
May 9
Chuck C posted a blog post

Response to religious discussions at work

I work in a very religious, but also very geek-friendly, area.  Bad-with-the-good.  While troubleshooting an issue today in a superior's office (whom I do not directly report to) religion somehow came up.  I must point out that this guy is awesome, energetic, friendly, intelligent, but also very... well... conservative and "local".  That's just what it is.  So I respect him but at the same time, it's like every other religious conversation at work:  I want to show my atheist colors, perhaps…See More
Oct 7, 2014
Chuck C commented on Chuck C's blog post 'Grow Up, and Stand Up'
"Agreed, I don't want to make any big deal out of anything.  This is just who I am, and I'm at the point that I can say that with no shame, even to family.  How they respond is outside my sphere of influence.   And Heather,…"
Apr 22, 2011
Heather Spoonheim commented on Chuck C's blog post 'Grow Up, and Stand Up'
"Wow, this really makes me feel something I can't quite describe. When I wrote my blog on the Atheist Debt I had hoped to maybe offer a little motivation to others, but you don't often get any real feedback on these things. Seeing you cite…"
Apr 22, 2011
Chuck C posted a blog post

Grow Up, and Stand Up

Recently I read these two posts on TA and they hit home with me:The Atheist DebtStop Lurking and Start Speaking UpAll of us who are thinking freely and have thrown off religion owe a debt to those who came before. I probably would not be an atheist if I hadn't read a Christopher Hitchens book, one which made me realize that it is possible (and moral) to point out that the emperor has no clothes. Before this, I…See More
Apr 22, 2011
Chuck C replied to Morgan Matthew's discussion 'How many of you fall into the no party?'
"I am basically Libertarian. Libertarians are fiscally conservative but socially liberal. They are constituationalists (separation of church and state would be something they believe in). But recently I've noticed them getting friendlier…"
Mar 30, 2011

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Response to religious discussions at work

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 12:57am 0 Comments

I work in a very religious, but also very geek-friendly, area.  Bad-with-the-good.  While troubleshooting an issue today in a superior's office (whom I do not directly report to) religion somehow came up.  I must point out that this guy is awesome, energetic, friendly, intelligent, but also very... well... conservative and "local".  That's just what it is.  So I respect him but at the same time, it's like every other religious conversation at work:  I want to show my atheist colors, perhaps…

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Grow Up, and Stand Up

Posted on April 22, 2011 at 12:35am 2 Comments

Recently I read these two posts on TA and they hit home with me:

All of us who are thinking freely and have thrown off religion owe a debt to those who came before. I probably would not be an atheist if I hadn't read a Christopher Hitchens book, one which made me realize that it is possible (and moral) to point out that the… Continue

Coping Skills?

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 11:48pm 4 Comments

Maybe it's just my perception, but it sure seems that recently religion is getting pushed into my life (and home, and work, ...) more and more. Or perhaps my awareness of it is going up. I would consider this a good thing (increased awareness is good, regardless of topic) but I'm finding it more difficult to cope.

Just a few examples:

I've hinted to my mother (but only gently, because I'm not yet ready to catch those pieces) that I'm an atheist. And yet she sent me a holiday card…

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Sagan

Posted on January 27, 2011 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

My wife and I have been watching astronomy documentaries on Netflix recently. I find it really enjoyable, because it takes scientific topics and makes them very real. Will time ever end? How did the planets form? Is there life out there? Could there be life next door (maybe even on Io?) The universe, and the science we use to try to model and comprehend it, is awe inspiring.

This, then, reminds me of some of my favorite quotes by Carl Sagan:

Who is more humble? The…
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