As an atheist, I had a talk with my son when he was about 5 or 6. He asked, 'if god made everything, who made god?' and I told him, that's the
problem. Bingo, he nailed it. A religious person would attempt some emotional sleight of hand at that point and come up with an answer, any answer,
to stop the discussion. A rationalist sees through the con. Faith is an excuse for irrational thought.
When I was about 55 or so, I had a very intelligent 75 year old man tell me that not raising my kids up with a religion was the most wonderful thing
possible. He said he spent most of his life trying to throw off the irrationality and guilt feelings accompanying dismissal of his parent's religion
and he was still angry about it! He felt he had wasted a lot of emotional and mental energy on the subject, to the detriment of more important
Children by definition have to believe whatever an adult tells them; especially if that adult is a parent. Their very lives depend on obeying and
believing, whether it's 'don't run into the street' or 'our particular god sent his only son down to earth to be tortured and murdered for YOUR
presupposed, hasn't happened yet, 'sins'. Throwing off that brainwashing takes an enormous amount of effort, it's tantamount to treason against
your parents. In the old days this could get you shunned by all of society and even now I'm sure some parents kick their children out of the house
for not believing in whatever fantasy they're peddling. Add in all the 'stone this person for...' crapola in the bible and it's pure insanity and
it sets people up for a lifetime of cognitive dissonance.
It was one thing when the bible was the only book in most people's possession, the only book they would ever see, where people died for seemingly no
reason (the gods are angry at us!) and life conditions were brutal. It's a whole 'nuther thing now. We will not achieve a true civilization status
until we dump the fantasies and stop lying to children.
One point I would like to make; even though I consider myself an atheist, I still 'know' that we survive physical death, and that our consciousness
is something apart from our physical bodies. I have had enough personal proof to know or 'believe' this. There's still so much we don't know
about how our minds work, what they CAN do, especially if they're not clouded by superstition. We are in the infancy of our development, and
religion is one of the big reasons we're being held back. It doesn't take much insight or awareness to realize that the most religious nations are
the least informed and the least tolerant, as well as the least happy.
You're doing good, dad. Feel free to discuss this all with the kids as they get older. It will help them put into perspective all the delusional
people they're going to encounter during their lives, especially if you're in some parts of the United States