The American Humanist Association has launched a new website for children and teens called “Kids without God,” which is getting a large amount of attention in both theistic and atheistic circles. Being a Theist myself, I was curious to see what this website was like. The children’s section is full of bright primary colors, an upbeat message that kids can be good without God, videos of the great “scientist” Bill Nye (the Science Guy), and fun science experiments kids can do at home.
For a Christian apologist, the website is like a candy store. There are so many fallacies, inconsistencies, and holes that could be poked through it that it’s hard to know where to start or stop. Others have taken time to point out some of these fallacies, which I will link to at the end of this post. For now, there are three general observations I’d like to make.
Observation #1: There’s nothing surprising about this website
While I know some Theists are very upset at the making of this site, the only thing that surprises me is that the AHA didn’t come up with the idea and launch it sooner. I believe there is a God and want to teach children to believe in Him. So it makes sense to me that an Atheist would want to teach children NOT to believe in God. The website itself is not the issue. The real issue is if children will receive correct or false information from its message.
Observation #2: Kids without God is not a scientific website
Kids without God is a faith-based website that masquerades as being science-based. The site attempts to teach children that morality is possible without God. Children are encouraged to treat others with kindness, think for themselves, be truthful, and help those in need. All good things, right? Yet these moral virtues are decidedly not scientific or based on science. If the AHA wants to convince children that science proves God doesn’t exist, they should stick to the science they believe supports their view. This is where major danger and confusion can come for children. By throwing a few science words in, the website deceptively communicates that their message of “no God” is based on scientific fact, when in reality it’s as much a matter of faith as theism.
Observation #3: We need good, solid Christian apologetics for children
I hope this website is a wake-up call for Christian parents and the Christian community. If we really believe God exists and that there is good evidence to believe in Him (including scientific evidence), we need to start demonstrating it to children. Our kids are asking good questions about God. Are we equipped to answer them? We don’t accept half-hearted, watered down answers. Why should our children accept them? In 1 Peter 3:15 we’re told to always be ready to give an answer for the hope we have. This command doesn’t have an age limit to it. Are we prepared to defend our faith and give the reason for our hope to our sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, grandsons and granddaughters? Here’s an idea. What if Christian parents visited the Kids without God website with their children and used it as an opportunity to teach them about the reality and reliability of belief in God? What if they used it as a tool to teach children to be kids WITH God?
More observations can be made. To read further on the response to the Kids without God website, I recommend visiting the following reviews:
David Klinghoffer’s review at Evolution News and Views
Melissa Travis’ review at Hard-Core Christianity