This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Parenting and inducement

We have just said that no one would consider the day-to-day activity of inducement of either ourselves or others to be a form of violence, yet this was not precisely accurate. There are some today who actually do say this, but with respect to a very specific relation: that of parent and child. It is the opinion of some atheists that the teaching of religion (and its moral codes) to a child is a form of mental abuse, which is to say, of violence. We will deal with this objection eventually, but we thought it good to mention here at the outset in case the reader was beginning to wonder if we were not stating the obvious, because it turns out that what we have said is not obvious at all to more and more people.

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