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Does brain washing children push them away from religion as older individuals with consciousness?

If so, is the religious system cancelling itself out by means of indoctrination?

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  1. Well, all my children were educated at Roman Catholic schools – they all now claim to be athiests. That should tell you something!

  2. Zafir, I think I love you.
    Anyway, yes. I was also raised in a strict religious home and when I grew up and started seing and learning the real, actual truth for myself, my entire childhood life felt like a massive lie and I even hated my parents to an extent for forcing it on me. So, for the benifit of getting more athiests, please, force Christianity on your children!

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  3. i see that you are brainwashed, yourself. now i ask you, did it happen when you were a child or has it been a lifelong process?
    considering Christians have taught their children Christianity for the past 2000 years and it has continued to grow, my guess would be no, teaching children about Christ does not push them away from Him. that much should be obvious even to one such as yourself, who does not believe.

  4. It depends on what you mean when you say “Brain washing.” Younger children (pre-teenage years) learn almost exclusively through indoctrination. Think about it, when the little child asks “why?” we do not go into a deep philosophical conversation. We give rather short answers until we get frustrated and then say “because I said so” or “that’s just how it is.” This is why children are more prone to accept absolutes. So one cannot avoid some level of indoctrination (whether in favor of a religion or against all religion (by not talking about any religion you are passively indoctrinating a child, and by talking about multiple ones you are as well). There is nothing wrong with this, as long as it is not too rigid and we recognize when we need to speak openly with children.
    At some point, say in late pre-teen years to early teenage years, children begin to genuinely question the world around them. This should be encouraged. You should encourage children to explore other faiths or non-faiths, though you can always explain why you arrived at the conclusion you did and tell them why you think that is important. However, the idea of telling them something “because I said so” or “that’s just the way it is” or any variation is no longer acceptable. To do this prevents the child from truly making the faith (or non-faith) system their own. In order for them to have ownership over it they need to be able to arrive at that conclusion on their own. A parent can obviously make it more conducive to enter into a certain system (for instance, they will give you rides to church, but may make you find your own way to the synagogue), but they should not rigidly forbid this exploration. Instead, they should be open to honest dialogue and speak respectfully with their children.

  5. The answer would be a big fat no…they do not push kids away from religion.
    Here are some simple facts to support my statement:
    1 Billion Catholics (Not all of them converted, they were born into it)
    1 Billion Muslims (Not all of them converted, they were born into it)
    1 Billion Buddhists (Not all of them converted, they were born into it)
    1 Billion Hindus (Not all of them converted they were born into it)
    Of course there are a handful of kids that break from their parent’s tradition. But overwhelmingly kids follow their parents.

  6. I was a Catholic married to an Atheist that never mocked me for my faith. We had mutual respect for each other as far as my religion and his disbelief. I married the person. He was decent and moral and out of his love and respect for me, even encouraged me to raise our child in the Catholic faith, with the promise that I would allow her to make her own choices in life as she got older. And, as funny as life can be, he converted and became a Catholic after 8 years of marriage and now, as an adult, our daughter is Lutheran. No one forced anything on anyone. And, had my daughter came to me and said she was an Atheist as her father WAS, would I have loved her any less? Nor would I have tried to convince her she was making a big mistake in not believing. I let all that brainwashing stuff up to God. Because only God could have ever convinced my Atheist husband that he IS. So, even YOU should never say, NEVER!

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