I watched a documentary yesterday on national geographic about child preachers. Well let me say I was pretty disgusted by this. Not just because I'm against religion, but mainly because a 4 year old boy who spends his childhood preaching at a church is horrible. The parents claim they did not force him to preach but that they were "training him." To a certain extent I believe they did not force him but what could they have been teaching him that made him want to do that in the first place besides going to church? A child should have fun when their young. Play outside, run around get dirty, socialize with their friends. Not suit up with a tie and preach. Did make me laugh a bit though because people were inspired by his words when all he was doing was copying the adults when they preached. There were a couple of other stories of child preachers but they were more in their teens and weren't quite as interesting seeing that by the time children becomes teens, they start to form morals and such.

 

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/pint-sized-preachers-...

Here's a video of the cute little kid doing his thing. Have to admit though, even though I don't agree with a child preaching, he's not that bad.

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Comment by gerrymander on August 25, 2011 at 4:53pm

While I can accept that youngsters can hold and justify opinions, I'm finding it hard to believe that a four-year old is doing anything other parroting lines he's been taught by his church, and he's out on the hustings at the behest of his parents who assume his age (and presumed "cuteness") will attract an audience and limit criticism.  I would be inclined to challenge the kid's arguments, demand explanations and evidence, and if his parents start to complain, hold them responsible for sending their child out unprepared for the inevitable audience reaction.

Comment by Matthew on August 25, 2011 at 6:52pm

is it bad that i think this REALLY explains some of the outlandish christian mentality

 

"Religion exists because children believe in magic, and all adults were once children"

-Phil Hellenes

Comment by Galen on August 25, 2011 at 7:31pm
Comment by Kairan Nierde on August 25, 2011 at 10:42pm

Yeah, I hate child acting.  It should be illegal...like other forms of child labor. 

Comment by Albert Bakker on August 26, 2011 at 1:25am

So what did Jesus do when he was a kid?

Well, not preach to the hometown folk apparently for we can read in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas (one of the earliest of the infancy gospels that began to circulate first half of the second century) he was a horrible, but playful brat, having a blast killing and maiming and letting people faint, showing great resistance in learning how to read. Joseph in 14:3 in deep concern for the safety of others tells his wife not to let Jesus go "..out the door, for those who anger him die."

Then (to cross the gap with existing literature) when he was about twelve he began to use the magic to cure people and explain dense religious intricacies to learned pharisees, who apparently seem to always have deeply misunderstood these issues and are uncharacteristically eager to be admonished on their lifelong unshakable certainties by a child.

Comment by Sharyn Lesher on August 26, 2011 at 3:41pm

you know these parents wouldn't encourage this kid if there wasn't money involved,

or at the very least, attention drawn to them as the parents of a phenom,

like the crazies who put their kids in beauty pageants to satisfy their own needs.

Comment by Sharyn Lesher on August 26, 2011 at 3:46pm

you should totally watch the one called Marjoe from the 70s. what a mess that kid was.

Comment by Michael on August 26, 2011 at 4:09pm
Sorry I haven't replied, school, work, etc. You know. I'll have to check out the videos tonight when I'm home. I'd have to agree with the cuteness factor, he's a cute kid so the audience will indulge him.

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