Apostasy is leaving ones Religion. A former believer can leave and convert to another religion or can leave to become an Atheist, Agnostic, Freethinker. Adherents of the former religion tend to see apostasy as betrayal and in a few Islamic nations apostacy is punishable by death.

Youngsters from Christian families who become atheists

Should you tell your parents?

  1. If you're under 16 you should almost certainly wait till you'r older. Don't face the firestorm that may follow till you're able to handle it. Please read How stereotyping atheists as immoral can do harm, my experience to see what can happen.
  2. If you're over 18-19 from a Liberal Christian family you probably should get your beliefs into the open and tell your family that you no longer believe in God. Still only you know your own family and you must make the decision yourself.
  3. In the most intolerant Christian Fundamentalist families telling your family at any age will cause serious trouble, even get parents to disown their children. If you fear family might react like that you should certainly wait at least till you're financially independent before you tell your family anything. Only a minority of families are so intolerant their children can never tell them when they stop being Christians.
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