There is no God. The Absence of God: Childhood Religious Indoctrination

Friday, August 19, 2011

Childhood Religious Indoctrination


Indoctrination

I am writing today about a horror that is present in almost every religious household around the world. This horror, is commonly referred to as Childhood Indoctrination. Childhood Indoctrination is when a child's parents try to instill their religious beliefs in their child so that their child might follow the teachings of that religion as they grow up. In the words of the evolutionary biologist and Horseman of New Atheism Richard Dawkins, "Who will say with confidence that sexual abuse is more permanently damaging to children than threatening them with the eternal and unquenchable fires of hell?" We can all agree that the average human being will throughout the vast majority have their life, have, at large, the same philosophical beliefs as their parents, although persons political views are more subject to change. That is where the difference lies between raising children to have certain political views and raising a child to have certain religious beliefs. Most people will never even think of questioning the religion in which they were raised.

The impressionability of the young mind

The problem with the brain of a young child is that it is so impressionable that they can be raised to have devout, unquestioned, unwavering faith in any given belief, but especially religion. This type of upbringing commonly leads to a mature adult who will never think to themselves, "So what makes my parents right? How would they know better than anyone else whether or not there is a God, and if so, who that God is, and how he wants us to live? How do I know that an ancient book is accurate just because I was raised to believe so?"
Break free from religion

I wrote this essay in order to hopefully get people who fit my description in the last paragraph to open their eyes, and to think. Hopefully, the aforementioned group will end up choosing atheism, but whatever religion they do choose, at least it will be their choice for a change, although it is most likely that if the people truly open their eyes, they will turn to atheism. I am simply urging you, Muslims, Catholics, Lutherans, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, and Methodists alike, to ask yourself, "What makes my parents so smart about they universe? Why is their way THE way?". If you can rid yourself of the oppressive shackles of your parents religion, you will think in ways that you've never thought before, and see the world in ways that you never dreamed of.



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