PQotW: How Early Is Too Early for Serious Religion & Kids?
This week’s Podcast Question of the Week is about religion:
How early is too early for serious religion and kids?
With Easter and Passover behind us, we can go back to months of not-talking-about religion. But one couple is talking about religion more than us: the Jarrell family of Tennessee.
As the story goes, Blake and Lauren Jarrell are divorced. Both are Christian, but Blake’s a Methodist and Lauren’s a Presbyterian.
Blake wanted their two children – aged 5 and 7 – to be baptized when they were old enough to understand the significance of the ceremony. Lauren done goofed and had them baptized. So, Blake took her to court. Now, Lauren faces 20 days jailtime and a fine of $100.
So how early is too early for kids to be introduced to religion? Is it too early to baptize a baby? Is it too early to put a child in religious school before they can understand what religion is? Do people need to wait until a child can essentially make the decision to be a part of a religion?
And what about, as in the Jarrell family’s predicament, when parents are divorced before kids are religious?
We want to know! Leave your answer in the comments here and we’ll read some of your answers on our podcast! Be sure to watch on Tuesday, 4/17.