Teaching the Kids
"We are told by a delightful expert that we ought not really teach our children about God lest we rob them of the opportunity of making their own discovery of God, and lest we corrupt their minds.
If we continue along these lines the day will come when some expert will advise us not to teach our children the English language, since we rob them of the possibility of choosing the German, French, or Japanese language as possible alternatives.
We do not get a higher type of religious idealism from children merely by withholding our own religious ideas from them, any more than we would get a higher type of civilization by letting some group of youngsters shift for themselves on a desert island.
A wise architect observed that you could break the laws of architecture provided you had mastered them first. This would apply to religion as well. Ignorance of the past does not guarantee freedom from its imperfections. Probably it assures repetition of past errors."
-Excerpts from Niebuhr's Leaves from the Notebook of a Tame Cynic