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Is Being a Seeker a Poor Example for My Daughter?

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To these perennial questions, I offer some answers — not to close a conversation but to broaden one. I do not claim to know anything you don’t know, but if I can help you remember what you already do know, I am blessed.My wife and I come from different religious backgrounds and are about to have our first child. Our parents are competing to determine the religious identity of our child, but we don’t follow any religion and don’t want our child to be labeled at birth. What should we do?I believe there is only one way to raise a child — with the truth as best as you and your wife can discern it and with the values you see arising from that truth. Tell your parents that you plan to raise a just, loving, and courageous child who thinks critically and acts righteously. Assure them that whenever their religions share those values, you will share those religious teachings as well.But make it clear that you do not believe truth belongs to any one religion, and you do not want your child to be limited to any one religion. You want to raise a spiritually mature child, rather than a religiously loyal one.A lot of …

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