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what to tell a kid (was: Re: [humanism-174] A quote ?)

From: ken
Sent on: Saturday, July 28, 2007 11:10 AM
Sylvie,

I don't have kids either.  But if I did, I would respond to questions as
they came up.  And I would agree with Mark about being honest.  In a
broad sense, we owe it to our children to give them what they need to
make it through the world.  As it pertains to religion, I'd say that,
whatever the particular question, there are a lot of answers because
there are a lot of religions and several views of religion as a whole.
There are also a range of beliefs in the spiritual which would not refer
to themselves as a religion-- pagan, for example.  In short, there's
hardly ever one, single, correct and succinct answer to a question
relating to religion (meant in the broadest sense).  Different believers
can have different answers to the same question.  If you can't at that
moment say how different believers (and non-believers) would answer the
question, tell your son you'll find out and tell him later.  When he
gets older, you could guide him over to research sources like the
library or web or clergy and other authoritative sources.

On 07/28/[masked]:13 AM somebody named Marni Tiborsky wrote:
> Sylvie,
> 
> First off, have a wonderful vacation!
> 
> Marni & I do not have children (though we have 6 cat-children), so maybe
> we can���t offer the best advice for your situation. However, I would
> think that being honest with your son about YOUR beliefs would be a
> great start. Perhaps that would help him form his own beliefs as he
> grows up- beliefs that may end up being very much like your own. I
> realize that this is easier said than done, given the constant pressure
> on children (and most adults) to ���fit in��� with society. Society can be
> so like ���The Borg���!
> 
>  
> 
> Mark
> 
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> *From:* [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] *On
> Behalf Of *sylvie williams
> *Sent:* Friday, July 27,[masked]:23 PM
> *To:* [address removed]
> *Subject:* Re: [humanism-174] A quote ?
> 
>  
> 
> Great Eskimo line. I love it. I wish you all a great meeting. I'll miss
> meeting you all ,not to mention the guacamoli and the hummus.    I was
> also wondering who has kids, how old and how have you raised them as far
> as what to believe and what to think about religion? I have a 6 year old
> son, who is starting 1st grade next month (frazzle) and I don't quite
> know what to tell him. I would like him to decide fo himself when he
> gets older but questions are starting to come up. So far I have just
> said that some people believe...ect. I would appreciate some advice or
> opinions.  W'ere off to Virginia for a little vacation.   Hope to see
> you next month.  Sylvie   
> 
> */Maude <[address removed]>/* wrote:
> 
> I've had the following on my fridge for 20 years or so (time to reprint
> it as it's a bit yellowed now). Anyway, has anyone seen it before and
> know where it came from? Is there an attribution for it? I imagine if I
> had one at the time I would have put it on the print out I made for my
> fridge but then, it was a long time ago so maybe I just didn't.
> 
>  
> 
> I just love this too-so telling. It makes the telling about the concept
> of God something with malicious intent in the Eskimo's mind
> 
>  
> 
> Here it is:
> 
>  
> 
> **The Eskimo's Question**
> 
>  
> 
> The Eskimo hunter asked the local missionary priest, "If I did not know
> about God and sin, would I go to hell?"
> 
>  
> 
> "No" said the priest, "not if you did not know."
> 
>  
> 
> "Then why," asked the Eskimo earnestly, "did you tell me?"
> 
>  
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>  
> 
> Maude
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