Children Education Religion

Fable Should Be Taught As Fable

There is some question as to if Hypatia really should be credited with this quote (rather than someone who lived more recently), but I liked the quote enough to share it here either way.

Fable should be taught as fable, myth as myth, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truth is horrifying. The mind of a child accepts them and only through great pain, perhaps tragedy, can the child be relieved of them. Men will fight for superstition as quickly as for the living truth — even more so, since a superstition is intangible, you can’t get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, as so is changeable.

This really is why we try to find facts to base our truths on and why religion is generally not a good idea as any more than “faith” (certainly not truth).

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