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Why do god believers indoctrinate their children instead of allowing them to decide for themselves once they’ve grown up?

PrinceKed 4 July 27

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Because misery loves company? 😁

lerlo Level 8 July 29, 2019

Because it was done to them and they believe that it is their obligation to continue the practice.


Their minds are very mailable, like a sponge.
Give me a child and I will have them praying to and worshiping a dog turd on the mantelpiece in a month. It's that easy.
If god was a natural being, why the need to be taught?

powder Level 8 July 27, 2019

For the same reason they “indoctrinate” them to look both ways before crossing the street; it’s a parent’s job (not to mention natural instinct) to give their children all the tools they believe are necessary for a happy and successful life. For the most part, that “indoctrination” requires little more than role modeling. It is Nature herself who does the hard indoctrination. Put a colony of atheists on a distant planet, and in a generation three quarters of their offspring will be religious... unless they are subjected to heavy indoctrination. That’s right, it’s atheism that requires indoctrination (or exposure to religious fanaticism) in order to be perpetuated. Religious worldviews are the natural state from birth. They require no armtwisting.

skado Level 8 July 27, 2019

Religion does not need indoctrination to take root in children's brains. They have to learn the specific contents of their creed in order to become, say, a good Christian or Hindu, but the way our brain is wired, it only needs some nudging and specific input provided by parents or caregivers to make children adopt some religious belief. They are mentally prepared to adopt it, not unlike language acquisition.

"Indoctrination" presupposes a certain resistance and unwillingness on the part of the "learner", but in the case of human children, there is no such resistance, on the contrary!
(Learning how to read or write or doing math needs much more "indoctrination" than the acquisition of a religion!)

The regular operation of ordinary human perceptions, the human brain, and common human cognitive processes work together to make religion a natural and fairly effortless way for people to think about and live in the world. Religion actually comes quite naturally, it turns out, given human neurobiology, cognition, and psychology.

A purely secular existence is certainly not the human default mode.

Recommended reading:
"The belief instinct" by Jesse Bering,
"Why Religions are natural and Science is not" by Robert McCauley
"Religion Explained" by Pascal Boyer

Matias Level 8 July 27, 2019

Just a simple question

Do atheists indoctrinate their children into being non-believers?

we call it innoculate!

@NoPlanetB What if a child wants to go to church?

@NoPlanetB Fair comment


It's part of their indoctrination

bobwjr Level 9 July 27, 2019

We already know that answer!


You should link to all the posts from atheists whose kids want to go to church, asking if "they should be allowed to".


That is what Brain washing does. And, like other painful things, humans love to share.


meh. it gives them a nice, clear hurdle to jump in case they're smart enough to think past that claptrap.


In my case, it was to bring them down the right road to life before they even knew how to decide between a right and a wrong road.


Because religion is like cigarettes - if you don't start young they won't get hooked.

1of5 Level 8 July 27, 2019

Because they truly believe that they will go to hell if they don’t. Even though we can see it as completely rubbish, they really think they are “saving them” same reason why we will never get rid of street preachers.

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