Proposal: Atheism


These two questions have been criticized by what I feel could be a recurring theme, that parenting is off-topic on that proposal, and questions should not be about advice on the topic.

So let's settle this early on: Should questions with a parenting component be on-topic?

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    They should be as on topic, as it's by the existing religion-specific sites. Nov 19, 2014 at 15:37
  • @Donaudampfschifffreizeitfahrt That's a good idea. I tried to find similar questions on Christianity.SE before opening the topic but my search was only cursory. Are you aware of any guidelines on such sites?
    – rath
    Nov 19, 2014 at 16:17

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My two cents: Yes, questions that discuss how to raise children in an atheistic or non-religious manner should be on-topic.

Since religion is a prevalent phenomenon in most societies, raising children without any of it could give raise to interesting issues, which are off-topic on Parenting, as they don't deal with religion (or lack thereof).

That said there is, of course, some overlap with the parenting proposal. But this isn't our first rodeo (if you excuse the Americanism) and most live sites overlap with some others in some way.

Let's take two examples:

  1. My kid is friends with another child from an [atheist / religious] family. Should I correct that?
  2. My kid asked me where we go when we die, since there is no paradise. What do I tell him?

In my contrived examples, Q1 is obviously right up Parenting's alley while Q2 is absolutely not.

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    Questions about life and death are not part of parenting? I'm no parent myself, but that seems to be a pretty personal view on what's on topic for parenting. Feb 3, 2015 at 16:06
  • @owlstead You are correct, that's a bad example. It's weird no one else brought it up. I'm not a parent either so I don't frequent the Parenting site. I imagine the parent of my example would try to explain why we don't think there's an afterlife when your friend's parents believe there is. That seemed a lot more like a philosophical discourse than a good "parent-like" explanation that you'd find on Parenting. I can't come up with a way to fix it, or a better example, so I'm open to suggestions (if you're up for it).
    – rath
    Feb 3, 2015 at 19:46
  • Given the large number of religious persons who would frequent Parenting, answers to example question 1 on that site may also not be very objective / constructive
    – neelsg
    Feb 13, 2015 at 12:02

Wow how do i start this...

Philosophy is a brached system to see what i mean go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlJD0i_WwdQ. as you will see there is are the categories metaphysics/epistimology and a category on ethics. this is just basic but if your metaphysical view is atheism and parenting falls into primarily ethics and secondarily politics (again watch video for further definitions). so since your atheism comes first and parenting should follow parenting is a part of atheism. and should be included on this site.

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