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westerebus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-17-11 03:24 PM
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44. Concept.
Edited on Sat Sep-17-11 03:25 PM by westerebus
What baby's lack is the ability to conceptualize while they are still in the infant stages of development.

That does not make them anything but a-conceptual. Pre gnostic, prior to knowing.

Tabula Rasa. A clean slate.

There is no non belief involved (passivity). Dis-belief, denial of (activity). There is no belief involved.

There is neither passivity or activity attached, as there is no concept to attach to.

What is active is the development of the ego, the self in relation to the environment.

For infants this is the relationship to the caregiver, the mother as life support system.

God does not enter the equation. Infants are secular, they are devoid of a religious state.

The religious state is imposed at the want of the parent(s).

Infants get no choice in the matter.

If the intent is to label infants as atheistic, that would be true in a sense, as they don't believe in anything.

As they do not believe in anything, because they lack the ability to conceptualize in their early stages, they lack knowledge.

So that makes them: Agnostic.

Case in point, when an infant is baptized, they have no concept of what the ceremony or words or god are about.

So while they are now members of that religion, they remain agnostic.

That would make a baptized infant a church member, an agnostic, and as not believing in anything, atheistic all at the same time.

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