Last Saturday about half an hour before bed the subject of God was brought up by R, one of my five year old twins. To say I was shocked would be the understatement of the year, mostly because I never gave it a moments thought that the girls knew anything about God, but apparently they have been learning about it at school.
I would like to start by saying that I have no problem with any religions or anybody that lives their lives surrounded by god and it’s teachings, but it’s not for me. I am a catholic, but I’m not practicing and most definitely not believing. I haven’t believed for many years. I call myself an atheist because I just don’t believe in God or any other religions for that matter, but I totally respect people that do believe, and live their lives surrounded by God.
So R announced that God made her and her sister M, WOW! Where did that come from? Apparently their teacher told them. This week they have their class assembly and it’s come to light that somehow all of this is included in their assembly.
My initial reaction was one of hold on! God didn’t make you, mummy and daddy made you, and this is where it got quite difficult, as I have said they are five years old and it was became obvious that their teacher has said that everybody is made by God. Of course they trust their teacher, so here I was about to call their teacher a liar, and totally contradict something they were practising in school for their assembly. Very dangerous ground.
I decided with a little advice from my wife to hold back, as I was about to give my views on God and I realised very quickly R my daughter was getting confused, and there is a time and place to explain such a complex subject, especially to five year olds.
Regular readers will know I have five children. My three oldest children were all brought up in the catholic faith, and none of them have any time for the catholic faith now since they have become adults. Which I might add was completely of their choice with absolutely no influence from me. My wife and myself have no religious tendencies and have decided together to not bring the our twin girls up in any faith. If when they are older and decide that they want to follow a path of religion then that will be a decision made as an adult. Which is the way I believe it should be.
I personally believe in man, monkey or more commonly known as Darwins Theory of Evolution because to me it’s the only logical way the human race started. I just simply don’t believe god created Adam and Eve and hey ho! The start of the human race, this in my opinion is very naive, and misguided. I struggle to believe a story that has been translated and re-written numerous times, I just can’t believe with all re-writes and translations the story hasn’t changed. For example if you tell one person one thing and then they go on and tell another, by the time it gets to the tenth person hearing that story, it’s a completely different story. So this is where my problem with bible is. I wonder if it is the same story that was originally written that we are reading now.
It has really concerned me that schools are teaching that God was the reason we arrived on planet earth and not the alternative reason of evolution, this is especially concerning to me as five year olds do tend to believe usually everything said to them. I believe schools should be removing this from their curriculum instantly, If it is a non faith school. Otherwise teach them about how we evolved from the cave-man as a alternative belief, which I personally think is more plausible.
If parents want their children to grow up in a world of God then they can do it at home. Of course I fully understand that if parents send their children to a faith school, then they have consciously decided to allow their children to be taught about that faith in school. I have not sent my children to a faith school, so I expect them not to be taught about any religions. That has to be my wife’s and my decision.
Now back to my five year old twins, I will in the next month or so be chatting to them in a very casual laid back way, about God,but more importantly who made them which was definitely only mummy and daddy.
There is going to be a follow up post, I’m sure, about how our conversation went about religion and God. With our five year old twin girls.
Would love to know your thoughts.