assuming you don't want to brainwash, what is the proper age to introduce religion

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    'age' might not be the appropriate measure, it has more to do with maturity, but in the interest of raising a non-sheeple kid, when should religion/god be introduced? personally, we are aiming somewhere in between 11-13 for my stepson and when that time comes doing a thorough review of all major religions/ideas throughout the world, as well as the idea of being agnostic and atheist. what have other people done?
     
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    Your assumption is wrong. In fact a lot of people leave their church and God behind as soon as they are old enough to refuse to go. The only place that might be less of an occurrence is in tight knit religious communities that shun contact with the rest of the world.
     
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    sure people leave, but very few reject the ideas entirely - completely erase them from their brains - and this effects their future religious or non-religious searches
     
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    Wrong as usual. Once again the only place indoctrination can even reasonable be claimed is in those communities that shun contact with the outside world. Everyone else is in contact with other people and get the news that some people disagree with their religious teachings.
     
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    leave the kid alone..he can choose when he gets older...why push anything on him?
     
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    I agree with bones on that one.
     
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    Usually when you raise a child you raise them learning about the church then you allow them to go into deeper studies on their own when they get older.

    The point is to introduce it throughout their lives and allow them to choose whether or not they want to continue.

    You try to set good examples for them. Maybe they might want to have the same kind of life you do when they get older.

    At the least that is the way Christianity is intended.
     
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    It is comforting for young children to believe that loved ones who have died (yes, including pets) will go to heaven. It matters not whether the parents believe it IMHO. We started taking our children to church as babies. They were raised RC and have been "brainwashed" into following the ten commandments and giving to charity. Now they are older and don't buy into the dogma. That's ok with me because they have a moral foundation and a basis to compare with. Denying your kids any moral teaching can be harmful. "Setting a good example" is not enough during times of crisis. Prayer can ease a lot of pain.
     
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    Morality doesn't only come from religion, chanel. That's another common fallacy.
     
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    If one is religious one has little choice in the matter. Christians believe that until the child is 8 or so the Parents are spiritually to blame for any sins the child commits and are REQUIRED to teach them about God. Muslims are similar.
     

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