The Case for Raising Your Child With Two Religions

by Rachel Baker on November 8, 2013

Susan Katz Miller is the author of Being Both: Empracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family. She has written an interesting article with five reasons why actively participating in two religions is good for the family.

Americans are leaving behind single-faith identities. According to a 2009 study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, almost one quarter of all Americans attend religious services of more than one faith or denomination. Interfaith marriages are increasingly common, with families who are Jewish-Christian constituting the first great wave of religious intermarriage. Clergy often argue that children raised with two faiths will be confused, and oftentimes one religion takes precedence over another in an effort to minimize conflict. Choosing one religion works for many families, but not all of them. After conducting a survey of parents who joined interfaith communities and put their children in interfaith education programs, I believe that celebrating two religions can enrich and strengthen families and greatly benefit children. Being both is not simply a compromise or negotiated settlement, but a positive, inspirational choice.

and here’s a really important point from the end of the article:

Even if your child chooses not to practice a religion as an adult, or to embrace a non-Abrahamic faith, our culture—American literature, music, politics—was forged in a Judeo-Christian context. A familiarity with Bible stories, rituals, and holidays from Judaism and Christianity makes a child more culturally literate.

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