"My hunch is that about 5 percent of what we think we know about God (our theology) is genuinely helpful in our pursuit of holiness. As for the rest, I've a sneaking suspicion it's a clever human plot for sidestepping the divine will," writes Mike Mason in his book The Mystery of Children. "Ever since Augustine much of Western Christianity has been built upon rational, propositional truth. But children have little use for carefully reasoned logic. They sense that truth by nature is not propositional, it is alive... Offering children rational truth instead of the real thing is like trying to pay off the Mafia with play money."