How do you explain God, death, and infinity to a 5-year old?
September 13, 2007 9:38 AM Subscribe
How do you explain God, death, and infinity to a 5-year old? Please recommend a book or online resource for explaining philosophy, existentialism, and other abstract concepts to a young child not yet capable of abstract cognitions.
posted by jujube to religion & philosophy (45 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I've been getting more and more stumped lately trying to answer philosophical/theoretical questions posed by a young child (5-year-old). Some examples: What is infinity? How can numbers go on for ever? If God made all things, then does it hurt God when we hurt the grass by stepping on it? Why is it okay to kill mosquitoes? Why are some people bad?
Ideally, I'm looking for a book that I can read to her that's written for a young child to understand. I'm specifically looking for a book on philosophy and existence. The key here is explaining abstract concepts in a way that a child who is not yet capable of abstract thinking can understand.
Also, if people know of books that they'd recommend for explaining complex, but concrete, concepts, that would be good too. By concrete, I mean things like: How does the brain think? How does my hand know how to move, etc.