I think these types of discussions are wicked interesting, it's kind of like peeking through a window to me because I've never really dealt with any of it. (read: I'm totally not helpful)
I'm an athiest, hubby isn't practicing and doesn't consider himself as belonging to a religion but was brought up Catholic and does believe in God, Heaven, Hell, and those larger Catholic cornerstones. He hasn't attended any type of service, refuses to step foot in a church, is angry at God, etc since his father died from a cancerous brain tumor when he was a child (from what I've gathered from my MIL he was extremely sick, extremely quickly, and it was pretty traumatic on dh). One of his first memories is of his Dad in a coffin in a church, so it's a pretty deep rooted pain for him. So, unlike me he does believe in God, just refuses to have anything to do with it. When it comes to the kiddos, they can make up their own mind regarding what they want to believe or identify with. I've brought DS to church services when he expressed interest in going. Hubby and I are both perfectly open to other people's beliefs, other faiths, and I've never knocked a religion. I try to explain reasons behind certain holidays as best I can, try to explain other religions as best I can, and just let them believe what they want to believe or decide on what makes sense for them. The fundamentals of morality, right and wrong, span beyond religion I think.
Edited by Karen1985 - 5/24/12 at 9:35am