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    [Answered] Belief and spirituality

    Hi Peter,

    I seem to have had a fair share of questions on here...I think this is my last!

    This thread was posted a while ago http://www.escouts.org.uk/forum/show...light=aethiest

    It sparked a lively debate and I guess we will never have aethiests, agnostics and pantheists as Scouting adults but I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this subject.

    I think they should be allowed to help but on the understanding that they must help the kids discover the spiritual side of life whilst helping and who will be better for the kids...A proactive aetheist with many skills and a natural aptiude towards helping? Or a Christian who isn't all the above?

    When I used to do Beaver investitures I used to cringe when I asked them to love God (the last line of the promise). It seems a bit over the top in our more secular society.

    Thanks again,

    Austin.
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    Austin,

    I read the thread and the emphasis seems to be that in practice scouting is much more flexible than the rules seem to allow. Of the million or so Scouts and Guides in the UK I should think they fairly represent a cross section of society from the devout to the indifferent. Personally I think we should be inclusive of all belief systems. We should not be shy to openly debate this subject with our young people as the world is changing rapidly and whether we are here by design or otherwise all views are relevent.

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    Peter
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    Peter,

    Interesting answer, thankyou.

    Austin.
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