I recently received a comment about the quote over to right by Ernestine Rose to the effect that it couldn’t possibly be true because religion wouldn’t exist if children were atheists.
This is simply not true. To say a child cannot be an atheist because religion exists is to say a child cannot be apolitical because Liberalism exists.
My daughter who has never seen the inside of a religious building is an atheist. Why? She does not believe in gods. True, she has not rejected the idea of gods – but she has not accepted such either. And that’s what it’s going to take to make her a theist. She has to accept the idea that there is a god and she has not.
The fact of the matter is that religion, like many other ideas, are things created by adults and taught to children. Children adopt various beliefs and ideas from their parents and their societies – they are not born with them.
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