... how would your worldview have been affected? And perhaps your emotional health?
Can I answer those questions without describing a worldview suitable to my wishes?
I will try.
Can I answer them without parents who'd studied biology and who knew of blue-green algae, etc?
My parents had been lied to and had not studied biology.
Can I answer those questions without knowing what kinds of questions kids under five ask?
I had no kids but when I was in middle school a sister and brother joined the family. My parents gave me some of their child care duties but I don't remember any of the many questions my charges asked when they were three.
I did however answer a related question for lots of five-year-olds: How do people make babies?
So at five, most kids know people make babies.
A three-year-old girl asked me if TV sets can make babies. I will assume that other three year olds don't know what five year olds know.
If kids ask Where did I come from?, and if they know their grandparents, they might understand where they and their parents came from.
At what age would kids understand time well enough for parents to talk of their pets or other animals and mention common ancestors?
Here's what I'm getting at: At what age would I have understood talk about those most ancient ancestors?
The point of all this?
At what age would I have begun to understand that morality pre-dates homo sapiens, and homo sapiens pre-dates xianity.
The fear and guilt that xianity and other religions use to inculcate moral behavior isn't necessary. Fear and guilt serve other purposes, and these purposes include ensuring the survival of religious memes.
This, Joan, is the benefit of prayer. Imagine a "failed prayer" over some illness and the dialog starts.
A. "I can't understand why god didn't heal you, and he did heal Bobby?"
B. "Yeah, god healed Bobby."
Now we have the job of sorting it all out, and the christian apologetics begins. Pick the answer in 1 out of 4.
1. You didn't have enough faith.
2. God was playing his bullshit games, laughing at everyone the whole time.
3. You didn't hold your jaw right.
4. Some diseases may go into spontaneous remission and even mystify the doctors.
IF you are chrisitian we know the answer was number 1, so you keep practicing on that one while you secretly believe the answer might have been number 3. Give it enough time and you tend to think the answer is number 2, and that brings you directly to understanding of answer number 4.
A lot of time has went by now and you are no longer a chrisitian.
Don't you hate that Dennis? I know I do. If I have one more offer of prayer I think I'll scream in the persons face 'I'm atheist goddammit. I don't want,or need, your prayers". I wouldn't but I want to sometimes.
I do hate that prayer response, but I work for the man, so I don't let him know that the preacher is now atheist.
I know what you mean k., but I think I'd be even worse. I feel like yelling "What the Fuck is THAT supposed to do?!!!!"~ Mindy
That was so nice of your boss to save your wife right then and there Dennis! LOL. I don't know if I could have stopped myself from laughing! You get points for keeping a straight-face (if you did!)