Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ridiculous Religious Arguments

This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday, which begins Holy Week, the week before Easter, which is of course the single most important holiday in Christianity (if there were no Easter, there would be no Christianity). 

I don't know why I thought of this particular argument this afternoon; RCIA is winding down, and Ed will get confirmed at the Easter Vigil next Saturday night. He had neither been baptized nor received the Eucharist until he was seven because his mother wasn't sure she wanted him to be raised Catholic, but Ed had never really been taken to Mass regularly nor am I sure he was taken to religious education classes while growing up. He started coming to Mass with me because he wanted to spend time with me; the church to which we are currently members is led by a priest who had a sense of humor and explained things in such a way that appealed to Ed. (When I was a kid, we referred to said religious education classes as CCD. Mom was the church organist and my brother was an altar server; we were taking to Mass weekly and on all religious Holy Days of Obligation, and got all our sacraments at the appropriate times.) 

I'd been thinking of the arguments I've heard from parents who say that they don't want to raise their child in any particular religious tradition because they want their child to be able choose her own religion when she grows up.

That's like saying that you want your child to choose her own career when she grows up, so you're not going to send her to school because she'll get all the info on how to choose a career later in life.

I don't know that there are statistics for the number of people who are raised in one religious tradition and fall away from that religion, but if you want your child to have a foundation in some manner of religion, it seems like raising them in one's chosen religion would be a good idea, if for no other reason than for purposes of comparison and analysis.

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