The 700 Club: Once Atheists Have Kids, They’ll Start Believing in God

On the most recent edition of The 700 Club, after a decent segment on the religious demographics/trends in America, hosts Gordon Robertson (Pat’s son) and Kristi Watts discussed how all those Millennial “Nones” will start believing in God after they have children (comments begin at the 17:57 mark)

Robertson: All it’ll take is to have children…

Watts: C’mon, brother.

Robertson: … it’s the easiest way to get somebody on their knees, crying out, and… yeah, if age 23 is the age that you’re most likely to be atheist, well, start having children and you’ll start wondering, “Ok, how do I raise them? I need help in this equation, and I need God.” Kristi?

Watts: Do you see me noddin’ my head? I’m just about noddin’ my head off. That is so true! I was thinking about that as well. Gordon, I got saved when I was 5 years old, but when I hit that 23 mark, I don’t know, I think because you think you’re arrogant…

Robertson: It’s when I went to college and you think you know everything…

Watts: You think you know everything. And you think you know everything; the world is your oyster; you don’t need anybody. Shoot, live one more year. Then you’ll be crying out to Jesus Christ.

Robertson: In my teen years, my parents didn’t know a thing. And by the time I hit my 30s, they were wise

Um, Gordon, I hate to break it to you, but you were right when you were a teenager.

I don’t have kids yet, and I know having them puts an incredible amount of stress on you, but it’s not like you throw your brain out the window when the babies arrive. (It only feels that way, I’m told.)

Here’s where the hosts get close to hitting the mark: For a long time, non-religious parents thought that they had to go to church to teach their kids about morality and to set a good example. These parents may not have believed in God, but they believed in church.

But we’re starting to get to a point where you no longer need to do that. Atheist communities are forming in order to provide the benefits of church without the bullshit that comes standard with it. Even without that, you’d be better off skipping church and spending that time reading books with your kids and teaching them right from wrong on your own. Keep the garbage out of their heads. If you need help raising kids without religion, read the excellent Parenting Beyond Belief.

Not every young atheist is an idiot and not every older religious person is wise.

Of course, all of you watching The 700 Club already knew that.

(Thanks to @NothingBloomed for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

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