“One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant.” -John Locke
“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” -Voltaire
Theists assume that they know, without any evidence, that the faith that they were born with is the one true faith. This is small-mindedness. A different pair of parents is all it would take for the religious to be of a different religion.
For example, if a person was born in Arkansas today, he would think Christianity to be true and Islam false. However, he would think the exact opposite if he was born in Afghanistan.
And, if he were born 700 years ago in again Arkansas then he wouldn’t have been Christian, but an animist (the philosophy/religion of the Native). If we were born in Croatian, we would most likely be Roman Catholic. But, if we were born close to the Bosnian border, we’d most likely be Christian Orthodox. The environment is what chooses our religion. We are victims of childhood indoctrination.
When we’re born, we’re labeled with a religion: “He’s a Muslim kid”, “She is a Christian girl”. But that is completely false! How could any decent person think it right to label four-year-old children with the cosmic and theological opinions of their parents?
To understand this more clearly, imagine parents labeling their children with political affiliations: “He’s a Marxist”, “She’s a communist” and “He’s a Republican.”
We are all born a child of earth first and a human second. And, there is no third, fourth, fifth. No one is born Christian, Hindu or communist and republican. We aren’t a “Christian girl,” but a child of Christian parents. A child is too young to know the definition of the religion and the beliefs that accompany it to be labeled as a follower of that religion. Not only is it unreasonable but it’s useless. What good is it to name a child a “Hindu daughter” when she has no clue what the history of Hinduism is.
Religion is something for a child to choose or reject when she becomes old enough to do so. No one labels their children by their parent’s political party. They’re too young to have a position on politics. There’s a time when they choose to dive into politics and pick a party. And, we let them do that. Yet, we for religion, the parents impose a religion. Why do we do it for religion?
As Christopher Hitchens said, “If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.”
I’ll go more into depth in the next articles.
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