My four-year-old is in a Christian Montessori preschool. I had concerns about this choice of school, but having met the staff and talked to them about their approach to religion, agreed to it. They don't do indoctrination; they talk about the parables of Jesus and try to draw out the kids on what they think they mean. Also, the school has a wonderful approach to conflict resolution: seeing a 10-year old boy bring a "peace rose" to a classmate almost brought tears to my eyes when I thought about my own elementary school experience.

 

But they do talk about Jesus, and this leads to some interesting conversations with my son while I drive him back and forth to school.

 

"Dad, is Jesus real?"

 

"Yes, he really lived."

 

"Then how come he could do things other people can't do?"

 

Good question, I thought. I told him that people sometimes make up stories about real people. He wanted to know what parts of the story I thought were made up. I mentioned walking on water and the resurrection.

 

"Dad, maybe Jesus was a zombie."

 

I think he's going to be OK.

 

(Cross posted on Somewhat Abnormal.)

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Tags: atheism, parenting, religion

Comment by Dylan Sloboda on September 28, 2011 at 3:12am

lol

Comment by Arcus on September 28, 2011 at 4:40am

To ensure he doesn't get indoctrinated, you can do as my parents did and read Æsop's fables as bed time stories. Kids love them and they teach healthy ethics.

And yea, he'll prolly turn out alright. :)

Comment by Brandon Bates on September 28, 2011 at 5:55pm

Awesome! He must have heard the one about Jesus raising from the dead. The Greatest Zombie Story Ever Told!

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