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    So, the kids are getting older...

    I was a former frequent poster, but have had different interests and priorities arise. I am an atheist, happily married (now 14yrs) to a Christian. We have three children (9, 5, and 2ish). I am frequently asked by 9 and 5 about why I do not believe. I find this a difficult question to answer without an extrordinary amount of detail. I keep whittling down my answer trying to get it in a ballpark they can understand. By time I think I have the right balance, the explanation is so diluted that I find it unsatisfactory. I am sure some believers could argue the same and be right in their explanatory abilities and similar frustrations (but wrong in their conclusions 😎).

    My main reasons for atheism reside in molecular biology, chemistry, and evolution.

    Other reasons abound in History and the evolution of religions (especially Judaism).

    What are the topics you find the most difficult to explain about religious or non-religious beliefs to your children? Being an atheist, I think I have a steeper hill to climb in explanatory requirements and a theist has a built-in backdoor with hyperactive agency detection; as any parent, who has to reassure their children that its perfectly okay to go upstairs and the noise they heard is just the furnace, can attest. Do any theists here believe the table is actually tilted in an atheists favor and that it is harder for the theist?

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    not surprised, it takes years to convince a kid who can see that he's actually blind
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    Quote Originally Posted by showmeproof View Post

    My main reasons for atheism reside in molecular biology, chemistry, and evolution.
    I profoundly disagree with you that science somehow supports atheism.

    I'm always still in trouble again

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    I profoundly disagree with you that science somehow supports atheism.
    same here. To me all that shows that it could not have been an accident. All this order and complexity down to the subatomic level just happened? From nothing? It takes more faith to believe that then to believe in God.

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    It's all about Jesus. Him crucified, buried and risen again, after living a sinless life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by showmeproof View Post
    Other reasons abound in History and the evolution of religions (especially Judaism).
    I personally find the History of Religions school to be a rather implausible hypothesis for how religion developed.
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    That was piffy, congrats. In all seriousness though, it is akin to teaching that we have additional tools that allow us to see, other than our eyes, and that for many intents and purposes we were blind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by showmeproof View Post
    That was piffy, congrats. In all seriousness though, it is akin to teaching that we have additional tools that allow us to see, other than our eyes, and that for many intents and purposes we were blind.
    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound.

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    Thats is fine, but the sky hook is much more implausible. To the OP, what do you find difficult to explain to children about your religious beliefs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound.
    that saved a normally functioning primate like me.

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