Here's a nice topic for Christmas philosophising, for the agnostics and atheists amongst us
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At what age did you first begin to suspect that the religion you were being taught in school was mad? Or was it later than that, at college, perhaps?
Or further on in life, when you started to question the multifarious propaganda that we are bombarded with every day?
For me, I guess it started in primary school, at about age six or seven. We had a priest come in to teach Christianity every Tuesday morning, I think it was, and he was a complete religious nutter.
He always brought with him lurid handouts depicting such peculiarities as "The Blood of the Lamb"; and: "Though Your Sins be Black, They Will Be Washed as White as Snow"; and many similar gems.
'Tracts' I think they were called. Always in Red Black and White. Always trying to scare you to death, and this at six or seven years of age!
I knew this guy was mad, and the stuff he spouted was mad, and I felt scared that for about an hour every Tuesday morning we were left in his care. His 'lesson' was so unlike all the others in school, I felt he had somehow been given access under false pretences.
He seemed to love making kids cry, who had given wrong answers to his questions, particularly little girls. I felt so angry about this jerk I can still feel it now, over sixty years on. From that time on I looked on religion, and later on, all religions, in a different light.
So that's my first awakened experience, what's yours?