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A teaching project for children about secularism. The idea is to promote independence combined with caring for others without the fear of an omniscient being who either judges or saves people.

At an early age, children should be taught to take responsibility for themselves and also for how they treat others. Personal responsibility is enhanced by the recognition that it is ourselves who create the consequences of our own decisions. We can’t pass off the effects of what we decide to do to some big being out there who is allowed by us to make decisions for us. He/She doesn’t save us; we save ourselves.

Aristotelian [golden mean] and Kantian [categorical imperative] ways of approaching morality, devoid of a supreme creator, could be a basis to describe secular humanism.

To this extent the author, Waymore Dendrites, is offering a sensitive biographical account of a man who eventually severs his relationship with God. His biographical account is recalled in his book entitled Branton’s Blossoms.

Branton’s Blossoms is an illustrated book for children ages nine and up. It tells the story of a man who spends time alone living in the woods. While there he discovers great beauty but also tragedy. The suffering of infants in the animal kingdom leads him to want to share his thoughts on suffering in general. His story and his struggle with the idea of a just God are true. The idea that God may not exist is presented to children capable of conceptual thought.

A few selections from the book:

As spring came on the trees began to bud and the branches turned color from black to light red. Blossoms appeared on the few crab apple trees that grew beside the road I had recently put down. Blossoms also appeared on the wild rose bushes that were scattered all over the property. Near the bottom of the hill a small part of the woods turned white from dogwood that grew wild. Renewal had arrived…

The appreciation of all this beauty and the magnitude of it all can fill us with a feeling of wonder and awe. Is all this beauty just an accident or was there some sort of creator who gave this to us for our appreciation…?

I’ll tell you how the red coated dog got me to thinking about God and religion. Well, actually my glass hut belongs here too. I would go and sit down in my glass structure and do a lot of thinking. While inside my thoughts were frequently of a sort that had to do with the question of whether or not God exists. I couldn’t make up my mind about this... I wondered why people suffered so much… But there was all that natural beauty surrounding me on my ten acres. Did the same God who created all this beauty also create all the misery I thought about? I didn’t know.

 

 

Branton’s Blossoms, 80 pages b&w, illustrated
Available: Amazon.com and major booksellers
Price: $5.95   ISBN 978-0-9769715-3-5
Available as e-book: ISBN 978-0-9769715-4-2

Lib of Congress Control # 2006929993