I was raised a Catholic by my mother and grandmother. My father was an apathist.
Later on, my mom became a fundamentalist Christian of the non-denominational sort, but it came from the Catholic Charismatic movement, not the Baptist Fundamentalist movement. I became an atheist after reading many philosophy books and discussing them with my best friend who became a philosophy professor at a college in MN. He is a firm atheist, however he never talks about it. To him it's just too obvious that there is no God as religion claims, and there just isn't any reason to go on about it. In fact he give me crap about my writing about it.
I call myself agnostic because I just don't think god can be proved or disproved (but all technicalities aside, as far as I'm concerned, there is no god...) I was raised by apathetic parents. We tried the church thing (we're Episcopalian) it just didn't stick. I liked church a lot, I really enjoyed the reverend's lectures about life (they weren't that religious, it was all about being a good human being) but I had too many questions and not enough answers. My dad joined the Church of the Sub Genius a few years ago while he was camping out at some fringe of society retreat, but I think it's more for irony's sake. He's an odd guy. I think he just likes being weird for the sake of being weird. I don't really know what my mom personally believes in (Christianity vs being agnostic/atheist), but I know she at least finds fundamentalists disturbing.
I plan on raising my kids apathetic as well. If they want to take up some religion at some point, that's their choice. Sometimes I wish I had a religion because I think I'd feel more connected to humanity or some sort of culture, but I guess I really don't mind feeling like an outsider. I prefer to make decisions for myself, based on what I feel is best for me and my present state of mind or life situation.
Im atheist, my parents are atheist, my dad is vaguely catholic but hes a major scientist and physics nerd and values knowledge above all- hes mostly atheist. My parents come from fully catholic background.
I married an atheist, hes atheist on his own. my husband has an atheist mom and a catholic/ christian dad but hes not active in it at all, but more apparent than my dad. my husbands dad comes from a very christian background. my husbands mom from jewish/atheist background.
Both Our siblings are atheist. my youngest brother in law is christian.
we are all loving and caring family and accept and respect each other equally and fully. No drama or issues with religion within any of our family. Love in our family is true, and i beleive our family consists of "true" christians/catholics who truly love. We are very lucky and thankful our family has true love, beleive in everyone havign the right to their own personal beleifs and reason ..and it goes beyond faith or lack of faith. I think the world should be like this.
my husband and i will have intelligent, inquisitive, beautiful and wonderful atheist babies. if they end up beleiving in any religion we will love them the same and support them the same. its their choice, no one elses. and we will teach them no discrimination allowed and to respect others for their beleifs and non beleifs. love people as human beings sharing the same world together in one life as we know it.
My dad is atheist and raised me and my sisters to be atheist. I think my mom was just whatever, because she never said anything about religion. However, I prefer to say that we were raised to be Christian Atheists since we celebrated every Christian holiday, just in the most secular way possible. I learned there was no Santa Claus (I think that's just a rumor, there's no proof he doesn't exist!) before I learned Christmas had anything to do with Jesus and some God person.
But my parents sent us to Baptist Church as children because they made good, free babysitters each Sunday. That was when I was about in second grade or so and that is where I learned about Christianity.
My father was some sort of protestant at one time early in my life. He never really spoke of religion, and to this day is pretty quiet about it, so I don't really know. He used to attend Catholic mass with my brother, my mother and I though, when we went.
My mother was Catholic for a long time, and these days seems to be some sort of mixed spiritualist. As in, believes in astrology, and dream interp., but claims there is a god, and also ghosts. Also some stuff about tarot cards, but despises Wiccans, but also does certain "wiccan-associated" charm things with horseshoes. (I don't really know if this is a Wiccan thing, or pagan, or what, so if I'm wrong I'm sorry.) Also a bit of Feng-shui. Basically she seems to dabble in all kinds of things, but doesn't put faith in any one thing.
I converted to atheism long before any of these parental changes though, and converted to agnosticism before as well.
My father was raised a catholic but is a self-proclaimed atheist, my mother grew up under the regime of the USSR and therefore was forbidden to practice religion (living in Latvia). I like to think of myself as an agnostic, I do believe that there is an outside force guiding our world through the motions, but I'm not entirely sure if it's the God depicted in the Bible.
Both the "scientific" and "religious" arguments for how the universe came to be are quite abstract. A god creating everything in seven days is just as questionable as a whole bunch of nothing exploding and creating everything. Neither can really be proven.
I just wish atheists would stop hating on Christianity, I mean, how do they expect Christians to accept them for who they are if they refuse to accept religion as a possible answer to the unknowns in this world.
I'm an atheist, but my parents aren't. My mom was raised Catholic, but didn't believe in some of the things the church taught. She tends to be skeptical of organized religion, but she still considers herself a Christian. My dad...who knows. Honestly, I've never heard him say a word about religion, one way or the other.
My Dad and Mom are both Christian for the most part; they were raised that way, but have gone to a lot of corrupt churches so neither one goes anymore. My Mom is kinda leaning more towards agnostic, these days, since we seem to be cursed with bad luck & hardly anything seems to go right.
I, on the other hand, am a Deist. This means I believe in a God, but I think that it (I say it because I view it more as an energy then a personified being) created the universe, but does not control/interfere with individual's lives. I've sort of told my mom this. I told her a long ago that I didn't believe that Jesus could possibly be born from a virgin mother, so I guess that in itself was telling her I didn't believe in Christianity.
I am an Atheist, and although my father is not a religious man, he still considers himself a Catholic, though he still seems very uncertain with his faith. My fiancé, on the other hand, is an Atheist who was raised in a
religious Christian household. I have seen the many struggles he has faced with this, including numerous panic attacks on the drive to visit his parents. My advise to religious parents, please, please, please, not only for your sake, but also your child's sake, please TRY to understand why they feel this way. Understand that you are ALSO an Atheist to all other religions except your own, try to (calmly) talk to your child and understand why they reject not only the countless religions you also reject, but also why they reject your religion too.