If Svensson and his fellow biblical literalists are as open-minded as he would have us believe, why are they so exercised over the possibility that their children might be exposed to a rational scientific treatment of natural phenomena? I believe that all supernatural belief systems, whether primitive shamanism or monotheistic religion, are imaginative constructs of the human mind with no basis in reality. Nevertheless, religion is a feature of our society, as it has been of most others, and has influenced many aspects of our culture. My children attended Sunday school, and I hope that experience helped them to develop a tolerant understanding of the motivations and beliefs of members of religious groups. I do not think that my beliefs should preclude their exposure to important aspects of our society.
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