There is no such thing as a Christian child: only a child of Christian parents.
Though the details differ across the world, no known culture lacks some version of the time-consuming, wealth consuming, hostility provoking rituals, the anti-factual, counter-productive fantasies of religion.
We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
A god who is capable of sending intelligible signals to millions of people simultaneously, and of receiving messages from all of them simultaneously, cannot be, whatever else he might be, simple. Such Bandwidth!
Creationists eagerly seek a gap in present-day knowledge or understanding. If an apparent gap is found, it is assumed that God, by default, must fill it.
Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.
Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God's approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That's not morality, that's just sucking up, apple-polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base though.
Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.
God likes to have his free lunch and be it too.
I am thrilled to be alive at time when humanity is pushing against the limits of understanding. Even better, we may eventually discover that there are no limits.
I mean it as a compliment when I say that you could almost define a philosopher as someone who won't take common sense for an answer.
One of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding.
Real life seeks the gentle slopes at the back of Mount Improbable, while creationists are blind to all but the daunting precipice at the front.
The assignment of purpose to everything is called teleology. Children are native teleologists, and many never grow out of it.
The book is true, and if evidence seems to condtradict it, it is the evidence that must be thrown out not the book.
The only watchmaker is the blind forces of physics.
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