Atheist scientists often expose their children to religious views for "scientific reasons"

It turns out that atheist parents don't attempt to raise their children in an "atheist tradition" the way religious parents do with religious traditions. Rice University sociologist Elaine Ecklund surveyed over 2,000 scientists and found that half expressed "no religious identity." She pulled 275 of these atheists, and found that at least 17% had brought their children to a religious service in the past year.

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From a release about the study:

The individuals surveyed cited personal and social reasons for integrating religion into their lives, including:

Scientific identity – Study participants wish to expose their children to all sources of knowledge (including religion) and allow them to make their own choices about a religious identity.
Spousal influence – Study participants are involved in a religious institution because of influence from their spouse or partner.
Desire for community – Study participants want a sense of moral community and behavior, even if they don't agree with the religious reasoning.
Ecklund said one of the most interesting findings was discovering that not only do some atheist scientists wish to expose their children to religious institutions, but they also cite their scientific identity as reason for doing so.

"We thought that these individuals might be less inclined to introduce their children to religious traditions, but we found the exact opposite to be true," Ecklund said. "They want their children to have choices, and it is more consistent with their science identity to expose their children to all sources of knowledge."

One study participant raised in a strongly Catholic home said he came to believe later that science and religion were not compatible. He said what he wants to pass on to his daughter – more than the belief that science and religion are not compatible – is the ability to make her own decisions in a thoughtful, intellectual way.

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The fact is there are plenty of benefits from living a life by so called "religious values". Most of it is just common sense: be nice to other, help those in need, etc. There's no reason the believers and non-believers can't learn a thing or two from each other.

It's also worth noting that most Atheists are very knowledgable about religion in general, many are from a religious background. Most folks just come to the decision that they are atheist after seeing what religion has to offer and realize it's not for them. This means they are typically already well acquainted with what religion brings to the table (good and bad) and it's worth letting your children learn about these things and come to their own decision about what they believe.