I was struck in the reading about how often a child will be introduced to religion and religious symbols before they enter school. My earliest memory was Christmas, though at the time I didn’t recognize it as a Christian holiday. I must have been only three at the time and it was a magical memory for me.
There was no discussion of Jesus or Catholicism, I was just moved by the merriment. I must have been no older than three years old. It seemed that religion has actually become more of a fine point in American culture as I grew up.
I understand that it was expected in polite society that religion and politics was not discussed. I can see why.
I would be much older when I became much more aware of religion. I had a teacher in elementary school who was Jewish. I was even older when I realized that not all Christians get along.
In this discussion of development, I wondered if we were better off if we didn’t see religion as something to talk about—but simply kept quiet and respected.