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"Is Religion Good for Children?" (Slate)
Slate ^ | 7/29/14 | Mark Joseph Stern

Posted on 07/29/2014 3:48:44 PM PDT by Faith Presses On

I n the United States, conventional wisdom holds that you should raise your child to be religious. Taking the kids to church is the default; leaving them home requires justification. Push parents to explain why they should pass on their religion—apart from a principled urge to keep the faith—and they’re likely to tell you studies prove that kids do better with religion than without it.

Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues.

But is religion really good for kids? That might depend on what kind of child you want to raise.

Several studies do seem to corroborate the conventional wisdom that kids raised with religion—any religion—are psychologically healthier than kids raised without it. The gap here is small but real: Some researchers link religious affiliation and regular church attendance with a mild boost in children’s mental health...

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Aside from these obvious drawbacks, there’s another, subtler problem with raising religious children: All that talk of snake-inspired subterfuge, planet-cleansing floods, and apocalyptic horsemen might hamper kids’ ability to differentiate between fantasy and reality—or even to think critically.

That’s the implication of two recent studies published in Cognitive Science in which researchers attempted to gauge perceptions of reality in religious and secular children. (The religious children were all from Christian families, from a variety of denominations.)...

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TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: atheists; faith; parenting

1 posted on 07/29/2014 3:48:44 PM PDT by Faith Presses On
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To: Faith Presses On

Looks like their conclusion is “No”.


2 posted on 07/29/2014 3:50:33 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Faith Presses On

Well, we’re living with the results of removing God from homes and schools. How’s it working out?

I pity the poor child who grows up thinking that this mess is all there is. No wonder they’re depressed and angry.


3 posted on 07/29/2014 3:51:48 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Faith Presses On
Aside from these obvious drawbacks, there’s another, subtler problem with raising religious children: All that talk of snake-inspired subterfuge, planet-cleansing floods, and apocalyptic horsemen might hamper kids’ ability to differentiate between fantasy and reality—or even to think critically …
. . . written by the AGW-fantasy crowd, who never thinks critically on that and other pseudo-scientific matters? Laughable.
4 posted on 07/29/2014 3:52:13 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: MNDude

I wouldn’t expect the God haters at Slate to offer any other conclusion.


5 posted on 07/29/2014 3:56:27 PM PDT by A message
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To: A message

But of course. They believe children are best raised in atheism, in households with no gender norms, no values, no binary gender bias, belief in global warming, belief in abortion rights, belief that homosexuality is somehow cool, belief that Republicans rather than Islamic terrorists are evil, etc.


6 posted on 07/29/2014 4:04:02 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Faith Presses On

The Devil works in many ways and through differing media. Slate is but one way.


7 posted on 07/29/2014 4:05:04 PM PDT by Rodentking (There is no God but Yahweh and Moses is his prophet - http://www.airpower.blogspot.com/)
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To: Olog-hai
All that talk of snake-inspired subterfuge, planet-cleansing floods, and apocalyptic horsemen might hamper kids’ ability to differentiate between fantasy and reality—or even to think critically …

Evidently has never read "The Ethics of Elfland" from Chesterton's Orthodoxy. And if you haven't, read it here.

8 posted on 07/29/2014 4:16:19 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: Faith Presses On
Push parents to explain why they should pass on their religion—apart from a principled urge to keep the faith—and they’re likely to tell you studies prove that kids do better with religion than without it.

"Because kids do better with religion" is a silly and shallow answer. My reason? Because in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. It's true, and it would be immoral to teach my children anything but the truth, or even to fail to teach them the truth. In other words, the "principled urge to keep the faith" that is dismissed in passing is both the real reason and the best of all possible reasons.

9 posted on 07/29/2014 4:18:27 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Faith Presses On

Depends.

It is a moralistic, therapeutic deism or we are sinners and Jesus died for us?


10 posted on 07/29/2014 4:22:03 PM PDT by Gamecock (There is room for all of God's animals. Right next to the mashed potatoes and gravy.)
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To: MNDude

So they focused mainly on Islam, then?


11 posted on 07/29/2014 4:29:34 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Pollster1
"Because kids do better with religion" is a silly and shallow answer.

Not necessarily silly and shallow per se, but it is utilitarian. It demonstrates the lack of commitment to Christ on the part of the parents, because if you know Christ and are committed to Him in all things, the better answer would be, "I cannot not teach them, any more than I could not breathe, or my heart not beat, or my lips not taste water." You could then quote St. Patrick's prayer ("I bind unto myself today").

12 posted on 07/29/2014 4:36:30 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: Faith Presses On

I guess religion is about the only thing that isn’t “good for kids.”


13 posted on 07/29/2014 4:44:12 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: Faith Presses On

Author is probably pro death.


14 posted on 07/29/2014 4:47:03 PM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: Faith Presses On

Lol...written by someone who probably voted for Obama and then accuses Christians of not distinguishing fantasy from reality!


15 posted on 07/29/2014 4:51:28 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

To use the authors logic, children should not play most video games or watch most Disney movies.


16 posted on 07/29/2014 4:59:34 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Faith Presses On

These clowns should be forced to live in homes built without a foundation.

Then forced to remain when erosion and pests undermine the dwelling.


17 posted on 07/29/2014 5:18:49 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Faith Presses On

the best days of this country were when almost everyone believed in the real God of the bible.


18 posted on 07/29/2014 5:34:15 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: JudyinCanada

in reality if this is all there is why am i listening to people tell me what i should do? why should i care what car to drive, what food to eat, what laws i should obey? it’s all arbitrary and there’s no objective moral absolute they can appeal to to prove they are right.

why shouldn’t i therefore do whatever i want and to hell with anyone getting in my way because i only get one life, and who made them god over me?

you’d think secularists would understand this and be really pissed off at everything trying to control them in reality they’re complacent, scared little pussies that submit to arbitrary laws and norms.


19 posted on 07/29/2014 5:38:30 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Faith Presses On

Secularists always have the lamest reasons for being against religion. I am fine with their not believing, but why does it bother them that others find guidance, meaning, purpose and comfort from religion? And as far as buying into fantasies is concerned, the secularists have a whopper of their own: that they are smarter than everyone else.


20 posted on 07/29/2014 6:08:07 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

The researchers gave their own spin on this. They basically took Bible stories and changed them a bit, and when the Christian children believed them and secular children didn’t, “concluded” it showed the Christian children were bad at distinguishing reality from fantasy. If you’d given the children similar stories based on man’s religions the outcome would obviously be different but this study is intended to scare sonne Christians and justify secularists trying to impose “cures” on Christians on the justness of their “cause.” I used to trust studies much more than I do but over time I’ve come to see how much liberals cook the books because they believe they’re morally right.


21 posted on 07/29/2014 7:49:20 PM PDT by Faith Presses On
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To: Faith Presses On

Any believer should raise their kids to know God and to respect his laws.

Any empty head who believes God is nothing more than a religion should by all means keep their kids away from it because they will corrupt them with their religion.

Religion is not God, it is anti God.


22 posted on 07/30/2014 7:20:18 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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