Good points which fit quite nicely with the topic I’ve been exploring. Fundamentalist religions “inoculate” their children with their superstitious beliefs. Would the world be better off if we could do the same as atheists? I’m not so sure. However, I do think a more balanced approach and teaching our children about world religions would be a good starting point.
But Daniel Dennett recognizes that in the real world, teaching young people to be atheists would be “inhumane and ineffective.” Dennett aired his views in a recent bit in Prospect Magazine. Ideally, Dennett insisted, the only way to fix the planet would be to guarantee
high quality, non-ideological education for boys in girls in every community on the globe. If we could just liberate the world’s children from illiteracy, ignorance, and superstition, their curiosity would lead them to solutions that were both locally informed and sensitive . . .
Sounds good, but as Dennett recognizes, the devil is always in the details. As Dennett acknowledges, there is no way to impose the atheistic truth on people without generating overwhelming opposition. Not that Dennett wouldn’t do it if he could. …
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