Wednesday, March 21, 2012

scintilla day 6: that's me in the corner, redux

Today's Scintilla prompt asks: Talk about an experience with faith, your own or someone else's.

I know this is epically cheating, but this is still such a huge conflict in my brain so it's worth reposting. From January.

Everything remains the same, except for the fact that I did start taking her to church, and then I got so heated up during the whole birth control debate I stopped again. So, you know. No progress.

Sigh.

5 comments:

Brandeewine said...

I wouldn't look at it as no progress. I think that everyone struggles with the issues of faith. It's constantly evolving, and the world around us has to have an impact.

Jason said...

The fact that you are still thinking this over is progress in and of itself. I haven't met your daughter, but something tells me that she is smart enough to find faith if she needs to. Teaching her doesn't have to be done inside a specific building. You're a great mom to even worry with this like you are. Yay, you.

LGesin said...

Many parents struggle with this issue no matter what their faith. Your daughter will value the fact that you're struggling with it, giving it serious thought, and trying to come to a solution when she's old enough to understand. I was raised in a conservative Christian family, married outside the faith, and didn't raise my children as anything. We mistakenly thought the kids "could decide". It became painfully apparent at the hole in their education when my daughter struggled with Renaissance art in her art history class - she had no idea what stories the painters represented in their work!

Tracy said...

Going to church, though, does not a Christian or good person make. I think if you present her with the background and give her a basis of understanding accompanied by room to grow, she'll be fine. We are doing that with AnneShirley. I really don't enjoy church and yet I'm a Christian or I try to be. We plan to just give her a foundation. Jason is right, it doesn't have to be done in a specific building. You have those tools within YOU.

Dwayne "The Train" said...

I know this is epically cheating, but this is still such a huge conflict in my brain so it's worth reposting.

so, you basically lost me at the whole Roman Catholic...blah, blah...baptized...blah, blah…church... blah, blah…

but then i saw, "I said that they were in dinosaur heaven," and i was intrigued, so i went back to try to read again and now i have an actual no-snark comment...

it may shock you to learn this, but i am a very, very non-religious person...i am not anti-religion, i don't care what anyone else believes...i just don't believe it's for me. in my mind and my world view, there is no god...and i don't see this as a pessimistic or nihilistic fact; it's just a fact.

BUT, i have come to this belief after years of going to a baptist church, reading numerous parts of the bible, going to (and enjoying) catholic services, studying a bit about all world religions, practicing buddhism for a few years...i do believe in having an open mind about religion and in arming oneself with the knowledge about religion. all religions.

MY POINT IS, i think what you are doing is great. jane should get the opportunity to experience religion so that when she is old enough, she, just like you, has the right and knowledge to decide what makes sense to her and her world view.

i know you didn't post this looking for positive reinforcement or anything, but just in case you care, you have my vote.