Religion: Straight, No Sugar

"Now, dear," said the mother of a three-year-old, "I think the time has come for us to talk about God."

"Who's God?" asked the child.

"Well," said the mother, "He gave you all the birds and flowers and trees and everything you see."

"Why did He?"

"Because He thought you'd like them."

"Well, I don't," replied the child.

This runaway conversation is reported in a book published this week, Children and Religion (Scribner; $2.50). Its author, Dora M. Chaplin, director of religious education at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, Mass., cites it as an example of the kind of thing children hate—"the saccharine...

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