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There are some in our society who believe you shouldn’t teach religion to children – “let them learn it later when they can make up their own mind”.

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Most people in history would think such a view is crazy. Isn’t your faith integral to who you are? Your identity? Your culture?

Of course, it is! When you have faith you understand that. It defines your identity.

This ‘wait till later’ idea comes from a notion that ‘disbelief is default’, an objective position. What a mistake. Disbelieve isn’t objective, it’s blind to an assumed position, and there are few things more likely to mislead us than unseen assumptions.

It’s not just OK, it’s healthy to pass on your religious identity onto your children; children who don’t get this feel identity-less.

A vacuum contains nothing of worth.

Paul Clark’s musings can be heard on radio across Australia and at


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