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Considering blind religious faith

Considering blind religious faith

by Frank King

 

We live in a world that goes out of its way to discourage serious thinking. That’s why even though I’m a man of faith, I admire many atheists; I know most of them have gone against our culture and actually thought, long and hard, about what they believe.

That’s also why I was so interested in an old National Post interview with Justin Trottier, then of the Centre for Inquiry, Canada’s most organized atheist group.

At that time (2012), Trottier was a crusader against blind religious faith. And I’m 100 percent with him. Only one example is needed to explain our shared position: blind religious faith was among the major reasons for the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

That said, beyond our obvious and dramatic differences, I want to highlight Trottier’s opposition to teaching religion to children. He told interviewer Charles Lewis that “robbing kids of critical faculties is a bad thing.”

From my vantage point, Trottier’s opinion sounds a lot like a characteristic of blind religious faith – in this case, believing there is no creator and teaching anyone otherwise is simply indoctrinating impressionable young minds.

In reading up on today’s best-known atheists (Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, the late Christopher Hitchens and Victor Stenger) I notice this militant absolutism is a common denominator.

Teaching faith to children simply gives them the opportunity to make up their own minds about what they believe. I can write this because as soon as they are old enough to explore issues and weigh options, these young minds will be assaulted with a tsunami of images, events and opinions that are dead-set against faith.
Without any religious knowledge, the “fight” is over before it even begins. And if Trottier seeks to be a fair person, then I hope he will consider this imbalance and change his stance.

What about you – are you a parent who’s unsure if there’s a God? Do you not know where you stand on the idea that not only is there a creator, but that He sent His son to live, die and be resurrected for you and I?

Then set that aside for the sake of your offspring. Take them to church, let them hear about Jesus and allow them to make up their own minds. It’s a gift you won’t regret giving.

The views expressed by Frank King in this column are his own and do not reflect on his role as manager of media relations for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada and Samaritan’s Purse Canada.