Question of the Week: Children and Imaginary Beings

Question of the Week: Children and Imaginary Beings

It’s approaching Christmas time! Or the Holiday Season if you prefer, I guess. Whether or not non-​​​​religious people should celebrate a holiday that has roots in religious traditions is another topic entirely… but I do want to focus on one aspect of Christmas — teaching children about the existence of Santa Claus. Does this activity harm children, in the sense that they may be more open to suggestion about the existence of other non-​​​​existent beings, or does the inevitable realisation that they have been lied to make them more skeptical as adults?

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