Wisdom from the Mouth of a Child

When I was 5, my dad and I were driving past the Catholic church in the center of my small town. It was a Sunday, and many well dressed people were milling around in front. My dad has told me the story of what happened that day many times. Our conversation went like this:

“Daddy, what is that building?”

“That is a church.”

“What is a church?”

“A church is where people pray to God.”

“What is God?”

“Some people believe there is an all powerful being who created the universe and all living things. They pray to this being they call God to ask for good things to happen and for bad things not to happen.”

After several seconds of awkward silence, my tiny voice piped up from the back seat. “Daddy do you believe in God?” He said no, and with a huge sigh of relief, I replied, “Good, because that’s the dumbest thing I ever heard.”

By 18-year-old Delaney Gold-Diamond, in her winning first place, $3,000 scholarship essay for the FFRF in 2014. Excerpted from Freethought Today, September 2014

I totally agree.


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