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CrankyOldBastard Re:Motivated Youth (479 comments)

Thanks for a well considered and constructed reply to my comment. I do not agree with all your conclusions, but I respect the fact that they are well considered opinions. The only point that I feel compelled to comment on is the statement

I don't think Christianity is capable of providing any tool for explaining rationally to or raising mentally sane children.

A short story....

One of the lads I used to associate with in my youth is a sociopath. If A. has a choice between doing things the 'right' way or the 'wrong' way he has to choose the wrong way. He is one of the few people I know who might be a really 'evil person' (he does things like dynabolting shut a person's doors and windows while they're asleep before setting fire to their house, for example). One day, after the birth of his twin sons, he said to me "John, I can see why you sending your kids to Sunday School is a good idea - it would help prevent them growing up like me".

When we have our first kid we have all sorts of ideas about how we're going to raise them, without the 'mistakes' our parents made. Most people learn that we have to compromise our ideals, and that a lot of parenting is a matter of deciding what we believe to be the lesser evil, so that our kids have the best chance at happy and fulfilling lives. For many people Christianity provides a useful set of guidelines for arriving at such compromises. Some people use this same information to abrogate their responsibility for these decisions. I do not think Christians have a monopoly on trying to find the easy option and to avoid responsibility for our decisions.

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CrankyOldBastard CrankyOldBastard writes  |  more than 8 years ago

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