Athiest Sunday Schools for Children?

November 29, 2007

Al Mohler’s blog features a fascinating article that was in TIME Magazine about atheists who send their children to “Sunday School.” More and more atheists, although they are dwindling in number, are trying to inoculate their children to self-centered and anti-God thinking by teaching them “atheist values.”

Click here for the article

Snippets:

“The Palo Alto Sunday family program uses music, art and discussion to encourage personal expression, intellectual curiosity and collaboration. One Sunday this fall found a dozen children up to age 6 and several parents playing percussion instruments and singing empowering anthems like I’m Unique and Unrepeatable, set to the tune of Ten Little Indians, instead of traditional Sunday-school songs like Jesus Loves Me. Rather than listen to a Bible story, the class read Stone Soup, a secular parable of a traveler who feeds a village by making a stew using one ingredient from each home.”

“Down the hall in the kitchen, older kids engaged in a Socratic conversation with class leader Bishop about the role persuasion plays in decision-making. He tried to get them to see that people who are coerced into renouncing their beliefs might not actually change their minds but could be acting out of self-preservation–an important lesson for young atheists who may feel pressure to say they believe in God.”

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