> Last Sunday my oldest (10) attended church for the 1st time. Her friend from school
> wanted her to come along. They gifted her a bible and told her "today is the day
> you are saved."
> Kind of glad we let her go. I gave her a skeptic Bible I got in a trade from @Feeb.
> She's asking a lot of questions about religion and I think if we let her go any younger
> she would have just absorbed it, the fun they have there (candy and games!) and not
> much else.
> Those of you that aren't religious.. would you let your child attend church with
> their friends? Any kind of church?
Good on you raising a curious kid.
I think it's imperative, even as a non-religious person, to make sure my kids have at least a basic understanding of the Christian Faith. American culture is so entrenched in Christian dogma that I think it's a disservice to deny them that knowledge.
We have sent them to VBS, and we attended church on holidays to give them an understanding of the meaning as to why people celebrate, or at least what they pretend to in some cases. We don't belong to any church specifically. But when invited to say a Trunk-or-Treat, or Christmas meal, we will send the kids off, and my wife and/or I will try to find a way to volunteer. Sometimes, the kids decide to forgo the fun, and just help out.
It's also the best way to connect them with the community, and show them ways to give back and donate their time at various food/coat drives, or helping the less fortunate. Especially kids their own age.
We are not the shun Jesus types. I'm actually a fan, for lack of a better term. But we are sure to discuss with them when they have questions. Neither of them have shown much interest honestly. It's the extremist, Ken Ham, gays are bad, and you're going to burn in Hell forever types that have turned them off the most I believe. They haven't needed my help to be skeptical, though I'm sure my POV has influenced in some way.