Yesterday my daughter came home from her second day of college. On day two her history class started on the Epic of Gilgamesh, of which I was very impressed to hear. Then my daughter mentioned "the Jesus guy". She described a typical religious person in an outside area preaching. This of course was no surprise.
What did come as a shock is when she said she listened to his stories and immediately recognized the stories in the Epic of Gilgamesh that had been written 2000 years before the advent of Judaism. She was very proud to have recognized and put this together herself.
I have never pushed atheism on my children but have encouraged free thought, that is look at the facts then and only then form an opinion. My daughter knows I'm an ardent student of history particularly where it applies to the bible. The most significant outcome of this event is I believe for the first time she really understood why I'm such a student of history and why I understand the bible to be mythological.
From this experience I think my daughter now understands why her father is the person that he is more than ever. It really brought us closer together than any other experience we have had. I think it was the first time she actually didn't think of me as my slightly odd father the atheist. But rather my father the atheist for good reason.
In short, I do believe this is a valuable lesson to her to go ahead and listen to others, but first of all listen to reason.