When I quit the seminary and left the church I tried to slip as quietly out the back door as I could. At this point my theology professors from college, many of my college and seminary friends, and most of my extended family know I'm an atheist. I officially resigned my membership with the SDA church almost two years ago. Now I'm an atheist blogger and I've talked about the SDA church on the Chariots of Iron podcast a few times.
I'm as out of an atheist as I can be, both with those inside the SDA church and everybody else.
I missed responding to the kids detail when I responded to your initial comment on my blog. I would agree that having your kids force fed psudoscientific BS 24/7 would be terrifying. Here's a few approaches that might make a compromise possible:
1. The kids can go to church regularly and to an Adventist school as long as they go to Camp Quest each summer and as long as you are free to teach them science and critical thinking yourself.
2. The kids can go to church if they go to public school.
3. The kids can go to church regularly if they want to and they can go to an Adventist school through elementary school, public school for middle school, and they get to choose which for high school.
This sounds like my in-laws. Pastors family. Not very close to any of their children, but very eager to dangle the golden carrot of inheritance! in front of all of them.
Currently, they aren't speaking to my husband or I because my husband's brother is dating a girl- an Adventist, for crying out loud- that they don't "approve of"...for no discernible reason. So, my husband told them to back off. His brother is only 40. Never been married. Wonder why?
lol I was one of the ugly ones. :D