So Eve and I went out to lunch yesterday and of course she brought Evesdottir with her. Evesdottir is doing very well, by the way. She's two months old and she's growing like a weed. She's a little over 10 lbs now, so she's gained three pounds since she was born and she's 23 inches long. She's so cute, and rather well behaved. She slept all through lunch, then woke up when we were putting her in the car. Evesdottir still isn't quite sure that her hands are attached to her, so when they flail around in front of her eyes she's absolutely fascinated. :)
We somehow managed to get on the topic of religion and what they were going to do about Evesdottir's education in it. Eve and Kyle are not religious themselves. They're not atheists or even agnostics, but neither of them are observant of the faiths they were raised in. Eve was raised Methodist and Kyle Seventh Day Adventist. However Kyle's parents are observant and if they're ever watching Evesdottir on a Saturday, which is sort of likely and inevitable, they'll be taking her with them to church.
Eve was saying that she doesn't have a problem with that, the key is making sure that that's not Evesdottir's only exposure to religion. That she needs to be exposed to different denominations and faiths in enough depth that she can develop her own opinions and base any beliefs she chooses to have (or not to have) on that and not just on being raised one way and that's that. We compared childhood religious exposure on this and Eve really came out ahead.
But the question is how? How do you manage to give a child a balance enough view of different religions? I was thinking that you could almost pick a certain length of time, say a year, and explore a denomination/religion for that year. That seems to me to be enough time to gain a fair grasp of the ins and outs of a faith, though of course not everything can be understood in that period of time.
But I don't know. There are, of course, flaws in any plan.
So what would you do? If you had kids, how would you raise them to give them an appreciation and understanding of different faiths? Or if you have kids, what are you planning on doing?