I'm not judging. I am simply wondering if all of them have THAT in common too. Since any spiritual belief has rules, it is easier not to believe. I realize some of us as parents don't believe in anything spiritual either, but I think most of us do so this is another split from us. So I ask...and will see if anyone is able or willing to answer.... Is your differently wired adult child an atheist? How about a PROUD atheist? My son 37 is one. I wouldn't say he's proud, but he is adamant and Grandson has never seen a church or been told about a higher power of any type. His mother is a PROUD atheist (Grandson). Since I'm a well behaved Grandma, I don't bring it up either as this is really up to 37 and his ex. So there is one vote for "yes" here. My son is one. It bothers me too. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because it gives him an easy out for bad behavior...??? Again, not sure. I don't judge people who are atheists...as long as they are living a good life with good values. And I judge people who say they are religious if they don't have good values too...so it isn't that...not sure, not sure, not sure...I guess it just fits so well with 37 to believe there is nothing to be nice for. And nothing to hang onto when the going gets tough.