07 July 2011

Response to Psychology Today article

To this article:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-mystery-happiness/201107/god-and-children

I posted the following response:

This article is chock full of old, ossified and just plain wrong ideas. Anywhere you look in it, you see old, opinionated, Judeo-Christian, male-dominated words that frankly belong in an evangelical newspaper from the 1950's. Much of it I find insulting not just to me (but I'm really not upset) but to large classes of people. Would Karasu approve of the spirituality in my home if it were based on Zeus? What about astrology? Or (goddess forbid!) on a philosophy of evidence-based reality (aka science).



Do the editors at PT really want things like:

"Children are hardwired for God
Mother's attachment...eventually requires some tempering.
If you and your spouse aren't equally committed to a spiritual life, your children will become confused.
Children have inquisitive natures and are easily seduced by the labyrinths of the mind. They place their belief in the power of reason and derail themselves from the path of faith. We have to inculcate children with faith.
At birth, uncontaminated by the mind,...
The anxiety of the unknown, unpredictable, and boundless is true not only for the first day of our lives, but also for the rest of our lives.
And there is no security and comfort anywhere better than having a spiritual home.
Children are conceived with the blueprint of Spirit."

in their publication?

Religion does not have a monopoly on ethics or the best methods for raising kids. Nor does it have a monopoly on spirituality. "Wonder" and a sense of "spirit" persist without god. I find it in science -- especially the branches that explore nature and the human brain.

Religion is a failed theory. Humans need to move on.
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Actually, I posted the above and it appeared on the PT website presumably after some verification but later when I checked for any responses, my post was no longer there. I posted it again. I hope it stays this time.

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