Fact vs. Fiction

Shadee Ashtari wrote an article in the  Hoffington Post, entitled “Children Exposed to Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction” (7/21/2014). This report involved children ages 5-6 in public (secular), and parochial (religious) schools. The children heard or read  religious, fantasy, and realistic stories. The purpose of this study was to evaluate if the children could identify the fictional narratives. According to the authors of the study, “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible; i. e. a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.” What it implies is, parochial school children have a harder time differentiating fact (actual), from fiction (made-up). This study also refutes the claim that we are born believers (for we are taught our beliefs). It really makes a case that childhood early imprintation of supernatural events and beliefs, sets the stage for accepting a lot of other non-natural events/beliefs. I think an argument can be made that to implant in younger children fantastical, delusional stories is a defiling of Nature. To implant seemingly nonsensical aberrations of demons, miracles, sin, hellfire, and saints permanently disables the child from having the ability to critically think, and separate fact from fiction. I argue that early fantastical indoctrination sets the stage of not accepting, trusting, respecting, and cooperating with Nature, human nature, and with the child’s own nature.

fact vs fiction