I came to atheism after much inquiry, self-reflection, and rational thought, at the end of last year. My wife and I married in a Protestant church 3 years ago, after I thought I had a personal revelation, which was, in effect, a realization of my own potential to take control of my life. I was raised Catholic, and went through all the hoops/sacraments. I am now engaged periodically in an uncomfortable discussion with my wife as to how to raise or 2 children. I am of the opinion that the bible should be read along with other fairytales, if at all. If, at best, the bible may serves to cultivate imagination in my children, why not simply read children's books to/with them to their heart's content?
She had recently told me that she was doubting everything she had been taught, having faith (temporarily) "beaten" out of her by my atheistic rants. I have chosen to cool my jets and adopt the opinion that I should treat belief in a sky wizard/prayer/holy spirit, in the absence of evidence, much as a concerned parent would a child who is dating someone they know to be unhealthy for said child. The emotions and adolescent passion of the child are to be dealt with delicately, until such time as the child learns the truth of their poor choice. Afterall, because she was not argued into faith in the first place, it will always be hard to rationally justify doubt to someone who still believes.
It's really difficult right now to assure her that although I don't respect anyone's faith-based belief systems, I still respect her as a person.
Does anyone have any advice for a young father and husband?