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"Christian parents should make sure their children receive take part in church life". To what extent do you agree? Give reasons for your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to Christianity in your answer.

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RE3: "Christian parents should make sure their children receive take part in church life". To what extent do you agree? Give reasons for your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to Christianity in your answer. As an atheist I feel this is a tricky question to answer as I tend to get shouted at. However Christianity does make it clear, both in sermons, ceremonies such as baptism and confirmation and in the bible, that parents have a duty to ensure their children are bought up in the Christian faith. At christenings godparents also assume a responsibility to ensure the child grows up in the correct faith. The Christian faith dictates this to the parents, and so as a true Christian, it is only right to expect that the parents do so. However (and here is where I get shouted at) ...read more.

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This is the not the time to answer the questions that point rises, it may be worth bearing in mind that without the contact of religion, very few of us would ever believe in it. A counter argument here of course would be that how did they come about in the first place. The only answers I have to that are that today we have science, theories and an understanding of some things, whereas thousands of years ago smallpox ran rampant and wiped out whole cities. Secondly that if all men are of the one true god, why are there so many religions? Again a question that does not need answering here. Yet despite those additional questions it does provide room for thought that without contact with a religion from birth or for an extended period of time, there would be far fewer worshippers of any faith. ...read more.

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This is the best way to avoid brainwashing the child, but also to make sure the child receives a mainly Christian upbringing as is required by Christianity, and would be fully aware or and able to participate in church life. To a catholic I would say something very much the same, but possibly to give the child a little extra teaching about mass and the extra things that happen in a church. Personally I think that it would in fact be best to keep the child at home and teach them about all the religions, in equal amounts until they are old enough to chose for themselves whether they wish to have a religion, or even feel that it is necessary to go to church in order to worship god, he is after all omniscient, so what does it matter where and how you pray, as long as you mean it!!!! ...read more.

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