What is the term for the skeptical or Athiest version of a god father?
A non Cathlic friend of mine who is married to a Cathlic was looking for a trustworthy Catholic male to be his child’s god father. He remembered my wife is Catholic so he asked me. I told him I would be more than happy to help with her rational upbringing but I could not see to her Catholic upbringing.
So is there an equivelant term? Should skeptics Athesitst promote such appointments?
This really is up to your personal preference and a question of semantics. It is also one of those pick-your-battles situations. Technically, a God-Parent is just an old fashioned term for friend-of-the-family-who-will-take-the-kids-if-we-get-struck-by-lightning. Lightening of course being thought of as God’s will and all that mumbo-jumbo. The crux of the idea is that the godparents would step in and care for the child should the actual parents die or become unable to do so. But really, in today’s world I’m not even sure that being a “God-Parent” would even ever hold up in a court of law, especially if actual blood-relatives are around should the children need to be cared for. It is sorta like having a BFF necklace. Unofficially or in a church setting, very meaningful but officially or in real life… meh. It ends up meaning what you want it to. If the traditional title bothers you, why not call yourself or the appointed a, “Skep-Parent” or “Uncle/Aunt” or “Financial Advisor” or whatever best suits the person’s particular skill set.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind at all being called God-Mother. There are no gods and I’m really not your mother. Sounds rather fitting to me. Now come on kid, let’s go get some ice cream.
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