[quote=RyanL]For those without any training in such matters, it’s rather like engaging in a meaningful discourse on the moral questions regarding contraception eithout any knowledge of how to evaluate moral questions. Eveyone knows what contraception is, but not everyone knows how to properly evaluate moral questions. Sadly, there’s little training in the matter so people believe the fallacious maxim that, “nothing is either right or wrong, but thinking makes it so.” It is a complete denial of basic moral theology, but for those who don’t know basic moral theology it sounds pretty attractive.
Basic moral theology is irrelevant for those who are not religious. What is “moral” and what is not is a corollary of one’s metaphysical views, therefore there is no “absolute” morality. Contraception is a very good example, why one should not accept the teachings of the church. (I am going out on a limb, but it is my suspicion that the ludicrous teachings against contraception are a very good reason why many people turn their back on the church.)
[quote=RyanL]Kinda’ like drugs - on the surface it seems good (makes you happy, you see fun things, etc.), and to those who don’t know better it might even seem like a good way to “expand your mind”. Sadly, quite a few people fall for this garbage.
It is no one else’s business what they do with their own mind.
[quote=RyanL]I would recommend against it for the same reason that I would recommend against letting my child go to a KKK rally and “letting him draw his own conclusions”.
It is insulting to the extreme to compare atheism to the KKK. You should have chosen a different example. But, be as it may, even the members of KKK have their right to hold whatever view they want. And if someone wishes to listen to them, that is also their own business. Also, we do not talk about a child here, rather about someone who is contempating different philosophical views.
[quote=RyanL]Case in point: there is no God because we can’t verify it - that’s a logical non-sequitor, but it seems to be a stumbling block.
Incorrect assumption, the lack of possible verification does not explicitly prove God’s nonexistence, it just makes it irrational to believe in the hypothesis.
[quote=RyanL]My advice, therefore, is that he learn how to identify these before engaging in any more dialog. He should fully learn at least 15 logical arguments for the existance of a God before he comes anywhere near the one argument against the existance of God (IMO, he should also know why that argument is wrong-headed as well before entertaining it).
Your objection: But you’re assuming that only someone who believes racism is wrong could properly educate the boy about racism.
My response: Yup, sure am.
On the very contrary, I do not think that accepting an ideology makes anyone “qualified” to teach it. I don’t have to believe in the concept of astrology (for example) to show that it is sheer nonsense.