Explaining religion to a 5 year old?

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Explaining religion to a 5 year old?
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Sat, 09-03-2011 - 9:50am

Just a bit of background, I am Atheist, I was raised without being told what religion to believe in, but my parents did have me go to a church preschool, chuch with family, and VBS (though my grandparents quickly learned that was a bad idea, the church didn't appreciate my questions.)

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Mon, 09-05-2011 - 10:33am
I used to attend a Unitarian Universalist church. They have a lot of atheist members. I taught Sunday School for them for a while. There it's called RE which means religious exploration. We did a lot of comparative religion. Here's a book that they publish that is available on Amazon. It's a "historical" account of Jesus. It doesn't present him as the son of god, yet it is respectful. Here's the link:http://www.amazon.com/Meet-Jesus-Lessons-Beloved-Teacher/dp/1558965246/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315232461&sr=1-1 For books on evolution, I would recommend "Our family tree" http://www.amazon.com/Our-Family-Tree-Evolution-Story/dp/0152017720/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315232764&sr=1-1 and Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution by Steve Jenkins. You can't get that one on Amazon but maybe your library has it or it can interlibrary loan it for you.
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Wed, 09-07-2011 - 9:28am

I had a similar quandry last year myself. My then 5 year old was beginning Kindergarten at a Public School and it occurred to me he will be surrounded by kids who have been raised on Jesus. He should know a little about it I supposed.

Before school began I chatted with him before bed one night. I told him about how he was going to be meeting all kinds of new kids at school. Some will look like him, some will look really different. Some will like all the same things he likes and some won't like those things at all, and some more still will like things he can't stand. Everybody is different and nobody is wrong when it comes to what you like and don't like. Then I explained that some people believe in a man who, according to beliefs, lives up in the sky in a place called "heaven" and from up there he watches over

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Fri, 09-09-2011 - 5:15pm

Our response was to be very matter-of-fact. We say "some people believe in" and then we talk about them all. When you hear about all the many religions at once, it becomes less about not believing in ONE religion and more a "wow, there are so many different view points." She doesn't have to feel weird about being the only one who seems not to believe in christianity ans there are scads of people all over the world who don't. It's just one belief system of many.

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Fri, 09-09-2011 - 10:06pm

Thanks for the responses.

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