It’s critically important for our children to see that we, as believers, are not only aware of other views, but that we have considered and responded to them. It’s tragic to see so many children leave home, and their home church, only to have their first, probably catastrophic exposure to the myriad attacks against their Christian faith. No one would be surprised if a teen who had never been vaccinated contracted mumps soon after moving into a public dorm. Why should we, as Christians, be so surprised when a child, having never been exposed to conflicting ideas, assumes their parents and church never considered them? Intellectual avoidance only does one thing: it conditions the child to accept everything they read, hear or see. It over-develops their trust in self-titled experts, and weakens their development of healthy, Biblically-endorsed skepticism (Acts 17:11, 1 John 4:1). Of course, children and teens aren’t oblivious to contradiction. They’ll notice when new information conflicts with their upbringing, and they’ll feel the natural resistance to change. But without experience in dealing with doubt, criticism, challenges, and alternatives to their faith, they’ll have little chance of defending the truth, and be at much greater risk of abandoning it entirely. —Jeff Laird (from, Apologetics: The Most Important Vaccine)

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