Thinking My Way to Adulthood

Norm R. Allen, Jr.

CHILDREN ARE NATURALLY curious about religion, and I was no different. I was reared by Baptist parents in a place and time where theism was the norm. People who went to church were held in high regard by the community, while those who did not were frowned upon. Such is still the case throughout much of the world.

But I had an advantage over many children of religious parents: In our home there were no taboos. We were encouraged to always ask questions and to demand logical answers to those questions. If the answers to the questions seemed illogical, we were taught to be skeptical.

The issue of religion was no different. We were allowed—even encouraged—to question the supposed existence of God.

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