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Old 06-15-2012, 05:46 PM   #23
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Re: Atheist parents?

I think it's important to equip your kids with the understanding that being nonreligious is not the same as being immoral. That's the common assumption among the religious: that nothing but habit keeps the atheist from rapine and murder. There is a great basis of humanist thought for ethics without god and I think it's important that our kids understand that we have reasons for living the way we do. It's just that we view it as a personal responsibility to make the world a tolerable place to live, not a system of divine punishment and reward. Sam Harris has a great book on the subject called The Moral Landscape that I found to be a big help.
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