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Author Topic: Future Development of Paganism - Seeking & being raised Pagan  (Read 5629 times)
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« Reply #9: September 19, 2009, 08:11:50 am »

I'm not a Pagan parent, but those Pagans that I know that have kids aren't really "raising" their kids in their religion.  I don't know how widespread an attitude this is, but the parents that I know expose their kids to their particular tradition of Paganism but they prefer to allow them the freedom to choose their spiritual path as adults. 

This is what I was going to say as well.  As a parent, I know I am raising my children to be, foremost, tolerant and educated of other belief systems.  They know what I believe, but they are also educated in general about all beliefs, or as much as I know to teach them.  They know about Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, etc.  They know about a lot of Native American stories just because I love those stories, even though that belief system is not my own.  Parenting is tough, and I just hope that by doing this, I'm going to accomplish my goal of educating them, and not just confusing them.  Tongue

And, I think this teaching also stems from the fact that pagans in general don't hold the belief that theirs is the "only way" so they're less likely to be so insistent that their children are raised that one way.

I do see, in the future, and even now, more tolerance of pagan beliefs, regardless of the specific path.  I heard a bishop on the radio the other day saying how it's now quite acceptable to carry prayer beads, but carrying a rosary is odd.  I think he was speaking from his own area, which was somewhere obviously more progressive than where I live, but I can see this trend as well.

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