How to NOT shelter your kids from ideas: Make a case for Christianity’s truth, goodness, and beauty

by Travis Dickinson

Three strategies

In this series of posts, I’ve argued that we should not shelter our kids from ideas. Now I’m a big fan of sheltering our kids in a variety of ways (including literally with a roof), but I think we should, in age-appropriate ways, expose them to ideas while they are in our care. Or you can just shelter them and hope for the best…but I don’t recommend it!

There are three strategies offered here to appropriately expose our kids to ideas. The first is to teach our kids how to think and not just what to think. The second is to present alternative ideas fairly and charitably. I recommend presenting these alternative ideas first without evaluation so that your child accurately understands them. Only then do we earn the right to evaluate these alternative views and evaluate we should.

3rd Strategy: Make a case for Christianity’s truth, goodness, beauty

The third strategy is to make a case for Christianity. It always catches me off guard how many people grow up in the church and have no clue about the rich case for Christianity. I often hear people say (often, in this moment, as caught off guard as I am) that they have never been given or challenged with the reasons to believe. They genuinely believed, but they have nothing to say about why they believe, at least nothing that a non-Christian will find compelling.

So I think we need to make the case for Christianity to our kids. However, I’d like to suggest we make a mistake if we only present the case for the truth of Christianity. We ought to also show the goodness and beauty of the Christian worldview…

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How to NOT shelter your kids from ideas: Make a case for Christianity’s truth, goodness, and beauty