This morning as the kids and I were driving to Trader Joe's Zion asked one of his semi-regular religious questions.
"Does G-d die?", he asked.
"No", I said.
"Well, G-d isn't really alive, so G-d can't die. G-d isn't like us, it is something completely other".
A pause. Then, "Does Asalan die?" (The kids loves The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. He's actually sat through 2 readings of it in the past 6 months!)
"No, not really", I replied.
"Why?" (See a pattern here?)
"Because Asalan is a metaphor for G-d.", I said, feeling pleased at the intelligence our discussion was showing. "When C.S. Lewis, the man who wrote the Narnia stories, wants to talk about how he understands G-d, he uses Asalan to describe him."
Zion was quiet again, then said something I couldn't quite understand. I asked him to repeat it. "Will you turn up the music?", he said.
And so The Ramones concluded our lesson for the day.