Fiona Ness: Religion has no place in our home - but no baby Jesus at Christmas is going too far
'What's the point of having Christmas without the baby Jesus?"
You'd think I'd have the answer ready for the seven-year-old. After all, hadn't I been vehement, back when she was a zygote, that she would not be brought up in any religious faith? That she would not be fed the Christian doctrine her parents had imbibed as children; a doctrine we now considered to be false?
We reasoned that she could grow up to be a kind, good and humble human being without the teachings of the Church. That she could find meaning in her life without believing everything she did counted towards living out the afterlife with Our Lord in Heaven. And that if, at the end of everything, there was a good, kind and all-merciful God, we reasoned that he wouldn't have her fry in Hell simply because her parents hadn't gotten her baptised (despite my mother's insider knowledge to the contrary).