This might not be applicable to everyone as there are only some couples who have different religious beliefs. What I like us to talk about is how this relationship affects the morality of the children. I have a cousin whose parents have different religious beliefs and the children don't know exactly who and what to follow. That cousin of mine ended up becoming rebellious to her parents.

Ridgeway Pass

It sounds like what those parents are doing is a psychological form of child abuse. Sending children mixed messages abour morality and ethics is just setting them up for failure in my opinion.

You have to set out in this life as a young adult with a set of beliefs that you can function in society with. Those beliefs are more than likely going to come from your parents, and your cousin's parents were/are not doing that. They're just confusing their own children about this and that is wrong. Very, very wrong.

Crystal Clear

I would have a really hard time being married to someone with different religious beliefs because my faith is something I want to share with my spouse.

However, if I were married to someone who had different beliefs, I believe the best way to handle the children would be to expose them to both religions and allow them to choose which one they feel is best for them when they get old enough.  I'm sure the conflicting religious beliefs might be confusing to young children, but I do believe that most teens and young adults end up exploring different religions anyway before they decide on what to believe. 

Tim

I go with Crystal on this one. Young people will experiment anyway when they leave their parents and become independent. We should let the children understand that beliefs can be different, even with people who have the same religion.

Jeroen
Jeroen

"Only some"?

I'd say there's quite a few marriages with mixed religion. I'd say the influence on the kids should be positive, as all religions have base values in common. And growing up in a multi-religion environment will also increase tolerance to people who are "different".

Reformer

You got a good point there. The children might not end up with either of the religion of the parents, but they can have more tolerance for people who have different beliefs or principles than their own.