Richard Dawkins says that religious instruction and indoctrination of young children is nothing less than child abuse, as he explained in The God Delusion. To tell children that there is a creator god who will guard over them, without giving them the evidence, is nothing less than a lie".
Ref, The ‘Lady’ Faith and mother complexes, worship or prayer: a sex difference for the susceptibility and gullibility of the young. As our local Vicar or Priest says,"We are about the unseen and not the ‘seen’ and the deep; deep, deep down, where we cannot see. We find God in the deep, deep, down, and God can be found there and is love".
To teach about the unseen or the deep, deep, down; in making up of anything that suits the moment, and so on…is, quite obviously, totally, and very unrealistically impossible, but some do seriously rely on this and teach it to the very young; who by no fault of their own (naturally) are totally credulous and very gullible. They teach it as a life forming an ‘acquired ability’, to thus, save their Soul, at the great expense to them (their time, muddling up or great confusion) of the acquisition of the much more wonderful ‘seen’ visible knowledge and the not so visible (structure of the Universe) that is scientifically proven! The only positive conclusion I have for The Children’s Easter Church Service or Assembly, was that it could be very good training to help prevent some future holocaust in the ability to confront authority by the overplaying of the Easter Story. In the more medievalists gory that this story, has now, progressively become. The Church must be trying to upstage and take on the film sets of Pirates of the Caribbean and the magic world of the Harry Potter films and The Golden Compass film. (‘The Northern Lights’ book of Philip Pullman’s)
Most, ‘Nursery’ school teachers are women (in my experience) is this a child abuse of boys? Unless, the psychology is fully understood. Most, probably understand this very well, but it only needs one or two to affect a young boy for life!
"The truths contained in religious doctrines are after all so distorted and systematically disguised," writes Sigmund Freud, "that the mass of humanity cannot recognize them as truth. The case is similar to what happens when we tell a child that new born babies are brought by the stork. Here, too, we are telling truth in symbolic clothing, for we know what a large bird signifies. But the child does not know it. He hears only the distorted part of what we say, and feels that he has been deceived; and we know how often his distrust of the grown-ups and his refractoriness actually take their start from this impression. We have become convinced that it is better to avoid such symbolic disguisings of the truth in what we tell children and not to withhold from them a knowledge of the true state of affairs commensurate with their intellectual level".
"When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt". Robert Pirsig.