My daughter learns one of life's greatest lessons at her second day of college.

 Yesterday my daughter came home from her second day of college. On day two her history class started on the Epic of Gilgamesh, of which I was very impressed to hear. Then my daughter mentioned "the Jesus guy". She described a typical religious person in an outside area preaching. This of course was no surprise.

  What did come as a shock is when she said she listened to his stories and immediately recognized the stories in the Epic of Gilgamesh that had been written 2000 years before the advent of Judaism. She was very proud to have recognized and put this together herself.

 I have never pushed atheism on my children but have encouraged free thought, that is look at the facts then and only then form an opinion. My daughter knows I'm an ardent student of history particularly where it applies to the bible. The most significant outcome of this event is I believe for the first time she really understood why I'm such a student of history and why I understand the bible to be mythological.

  From this experience I think my daughter now understands why her father is the person that he is more than ever. It really brought us closer together than any other experience we have had. I think it was the first time she actually didn't think of me as my slightly odd father the atheist. But rather my father the atheist for good reason.

 In short, I do believe this is a valuable lesson to her to go ahead and listen to others, but first of all listen to reason.

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Comment by Compelledunbeliever on August 31, 2017 at 1:04am

 Thank you all for your comments and encouragement. The purpose here was to share a nice little positive story. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 30, 2017 at 11:07pm

That's a great story!  It's been said that the majority of your "college experience" happens outside the classroom.  In this case it was meeting the Jesus guy outside on campus.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 29, 2017 at 11:35pm
That's wonderful. You have done a fine job raising a child who thinks for themselves.
Comment by Craigart14 on August 29, 2017 at 11:00pm

Well, Gilgamesh was certainly an eye-opener for this damyankee teaching at a Georgia public college.  Could anyone possibly read the story of the flood in Gilgamesh and still believe the Bible is God's word?  Yes, dammit, they can.  I began teaching Gilgamesh the first day at my new job, after reading it hurriedly the night before.  (I have a doctorate in American literature, but my new department head back in 1995 thought that English teachers were interchangeable and assigned me a section of Ancient World Lit the day before classes started.)  In twenty years I barely made a dent.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 25, 2017 at 9:27am

That has to be among the most satisfying experiences a parent can have: seeing their child come to the same conclusion they have On Their Own.

You don't beat that with no stick.

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