I've been visiting this forum for about 18 months now and finally decided to join up. Been visiting almost weekly to read the discussions, so I thought its time I actually got involved in some of them.
What else can I say? I'm married and have a teenage daughter who came out to me as an agnostic/atheist about 6 months back and I'm a proud dad
. We've always had discussions about critical thinking, evolution, astronomy, big bang etc and I never gave her the old 'goddidit' speech, even when I still believed (or thought I did) or was undergoing my own transition to agnosticism bordering on atheism, where I still am at the moment. Thing is, she's at a private school where they have taken it upon themselves to subtly slip in some creationist 'theories' along side evolution, and what made me more proud is that she saw right through the creationist 'theories' all on her own and just opened up to me the one day and said something along the lines of 'how can grownups believe this? it's all just a fairy story isn't it?'. She has since read The Magic of Reality and The Greatest Show on Earth (which we read together). I'm confident she's fully immunized against the creationist 'theories' so we are not too concerned about letting her complete this year before changing schools.
As for the missus, she's not far behind us but is still hanging onto to some religious indoctrination which the old South African government's education system infected her with. But she's not a lost cause. She knows how we think and it doesn't get in the way as she is not exactly a church-goer or anything, but she's still in the whole Pascal's wager mode at the moment.
Anyway, that's all from me. Looking forward to the discussions.