If [a child] is normally intelligent, he is almost bound to get the impression that there is something odd about religious statements. If he is taken to church, for example, he hears that death is the gateway to eternal life, and should be welcomed rather than shunned; yet outside this he sees death regarded as the greatest of all evils, and everything possible is done to postpone it. The child soon gets the idea that there are two kinds of truth. The ordinary kind, and another rather confusing and slightly embarrassing kind, into which it is best not to inquire too closely. Now all this is bad intellectual training.
We are not sinful not merely because we have eaten of the tree of knowledge, but also because we have not eaten from the tree of life.
Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
There is in every village a torch: The schoolmaster – and an extinguisher: The Parson.
It’s possible to pull out justification for imposing your will on others, simply by calling your will God’s will.
If the concept of a father who plots to have his own son put to death is presented to children as beautiful and as worthy of societies admiration, what types of human behaviour can be presented to them as reprehensible?