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So, my niece and I are very close. She's a freshman in high school. Her mother (my step-sister) and I are also close. My step-sister and I are both atheists. My niece is very religious, thanks to her dad's side of the family beating it into her skull (I'm talking crazy stuff, not just "god exists" and leaving it at that). Last year, I had a talk with her about paleontology and dinosaurs. She said she doesn't believe dinosaurs ever existed because they're not mentioned in the bible, and because her grandma on her dad's side told her that "dinosaur bones are tricks put there by Satan".

Well, she came to me just now on facebook and said she now believes in dinosaurs. I laughed it off, thinking she was just being silly. She then said, "yep, they're in the bible!"....I poo thee not. So, having read the bible a couple of times through, I tried to recall. The best I can come up with is the mention of Leviathan and Behemoth, and her being taught that by somebody who twisted that to mean dinosaur (likely her grandma).

What do I say? I messaged her mom, just to let her know what was going on and see what she thinks is best. I don't want to break her heart and rob her of her faith. If she gets there on her own, great, but I don't want to force that on her. How do I approach this delicately?

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Since she's not an adult and lives with her parents, unless she specifically comes to you and asks, I would just let it go.

I suspect all you'll accomplish if you talk with her about it is confuse her and piss off your family.

In a few years, when she goes off to college, then sit her down and discuss it...

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Lol, so it's wrong for her to be religious? Maybe I read your post wrong

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Lol, so it's wrong for her to be religious? Maybe I read your post wrong

You did. I do not care if she believes in a god or not. I do care if she believes objectively false information such as dinosaurs and humans once lived together. I don't want to say anything that will make her feel like I'm attacking her religious belief, but I do want to educate her when it comes to things that are totally separate (like the science of dating dinosaur fossils back millions of years rather than a few thousand, like she seems to believe right now). It's obviously a touchy subject, and I don't want her to feel attacked.

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Lol, so it's wrong for her to be religious? Maybe I read your post wrong

Yep.

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Dragons (Tanniyn) were also mentioned multiple times in the Bible. This can be portrayed as 'dinosaurs'.

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Oh so you're telling me The Hobbit is real too?

brb gonna go eat second breakfast

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Well..... Republicans apparently still believe in trickle-down economics.......

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Well..... Republicans apparently still believe in trickle-down economics.......

and then of course somebody brings politics into it....better than increasing the deficit

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and then of course somebody brings politics into it....better than increasing the deficit

But the trickle down economics first introduced by Reagan ultimately resulted in the debt increasing by 188% (relative to GDP) over the course of his 2 terms....

http://www.skymachin...dental-Term.htm

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