If a child runs into the room saying “Mummy, mummy! I love Jesus and He loves me! We’re all going to Heaven when we die and God is looking over us!”, people will smile and praise the child. Nobody would say “Don’t be silly. You can’t possibly say that because you don’t fully understand everything about the religion. How can you know that for sure, when you’ve not read the Bible in the original Hebrew?!?”. But if a child (or teenager, or adult) says “I’ve had a good think about it, and have come to the conclusion that Jesus is a myth and nothing in Christianity makes much sense. I declare myself to be a freethinking secular humanist.”, then they are quite likely to receive the latter response. You could have all the theological training of a hedgehog and still get wild applause if you stand up and say you’re a Christian, but it seems that atheists are required to demonstrate more intelligence and Biblical expertise than all the clergymen and theologians that have ever lived before they are allowed to publicly express their doubts. -Adrian Barnett