Q & A with Dr.Craig: My 7 year old is an atheist

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A mother writes on a popular blog why she is proud of her daughter’s atheism. Dr. Craig highlights important issues in the article.

Kevin Harris: Dr. Craig, the moms have been on a tear lately. We did a podcast about an atheist mom in Texas and why she wasn’t going to raise her children with a belief in God. Another article has caught our eye from Carolyn Castiglia. She writes on babble.com (it’s a place for moms, it’s for women). It got some attention, and the article is “Why My 7 Year Old is an Atheist and Why I’m Okay with That.”[1] She says,

I was raised Catholic, and like most people my age who were raised Catholic, I no longer attend church on Sundays. We’re “recovering Catholics.” That’s what so many of us call ourselves. . . .

I’m pretty much agnostic now (sometimes believing more strongly, other times thinking the concept of God is kind of a joke), but I value the way the idea of God has gotten me through the rough patches. And that has been the payoff. Somehow this notion that there is a giant man in the sky with long hair and a big robe who will hug you from heaven if you need it and carry you on the beach when you’ve had one too many wine coolers . . .

But the way I imagine God has changed over the years — He’s gone from being a person, a man, to being more of a Thing, a notion. Goodness. The Oneness of the Universe. . . .

My daughter, on the other hand, at the ripe old age of 7, is convinced that there is no God. Not even a god. Yup, my kid’s an atheist. And she pretty much has been since she was 5.

It’s not for lack of exposure to God or god or even gods and spirituality, because she has attended Church and church and a UU “church” [Unitarian Universalist, I’m sure, is what she’s talking about there] and it has made no impact. We’ve prayed together. I talk about God sometimes, in a good way. When I asked her recently why she doesn’t believe in God she told me, succinctly, “Because I know too much about science!”

And there you have it — an evangelical’s worst nightmare. Science trumps God.

So, Bill [Dr.Craig], we have a single mom raising her daughter the best she can and noticing that her daughter doesn’t believe in God because of science…

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