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Atheists embracing faith for their kids

Faith and family are so tightly linked in American society that “even some of society’s least religious people find religion to be important in their private lives,” says researcher Elaine Howard Ecklund from Rice University.


Despite their personal non-belief, reports the website Futurity, a surprising number of atheist scientist parents told Ecklund that they often participate in religious traditions for their kids’ sake.


“Through in-depth interviews with scientists at elite academic institutions — those particularly likely to have no firm belief in God,” reads the abstract of Ecklund’s report, published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, “we provide insight into the motives scientists who are not religious have for joining a religious group.”

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jim

    Ya, taking your kid to Church once a year should provide h/her with plenty of good information to make an educated choice.

    This is the second time in the last week that I’ve read that 50% of scientists at top universities would classify themselves as “believers” or “Christians.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    If one is truely an atheist then there would be no reason to “embrace” faith for their kids.

  • Vancouver

    I really admired you Elaine Howard you did a good job!!!

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