Bad reasons for atheism
From the IAmAnAtheist.com feedback form:
My daughter posted your site to her facebook page which gave me the opportunity to read your position.She seems to be quite a fan. I too claimed to be an athiest during part of my youth and I can only share with you my experiences. I was angry and hurt and felt rejected and frankly enjoyed the shock value of telling people of my enlightened opinions and positions. Many of which led me only into more pain and sorrow and increased my burdens in life . My opinions and beliefs changed as I aged and especially after I gave birth to my afore mententioned daughter. I am happy I had the opportunity to grow and learn I was given a receptive heart and spirit. Yes I am a Christian and I raised my daughter in the church. Her rejection began with anger as mine did. I can only pray for her now. And for you too that whatever stumbling block has been placed in the way will be removed.
I agree with you that anger and a desire to shock others is a terrible basis for a personal philosophy. Those who call themselves atheists because they are angry at religion or had a bad experience are, in my mind, just as incorrect as those who call themselves religious because they feel guilty or depressed. The truth of how the universe works is not dependent on one’s emotions.
Personally, I was raised in a religious household but had no negative experiences with religion or the religious community. I became an atheist when in my quest for moral grounding I discovered that atheism made much more sense to me than theism.
I would like to pass along to you my sincere wish that your daughter be able to put aside whatever anger might have spurred her to atheism and consider her philosophy in as reasoned and objective manner as possible (if she has not done so already). Whether she continues to be an atheist or becomes again religious, she will be benefit from having a grounding in reason and clear thought.
I trust that you will love and support your daughter no matter what she decides, and I hope that she realizes what a treasure it is to have a parent who cares for her so much.
Best of luck.