Here are the list of questions Matei has woken us up with in the last week*.
"Why can't cats climb on glass?"
"If I have a bad dream, can I die in my sleep?"
"Is God dead?"
"Is Jesus dead?"
"Were the people who killed Jesus evil?"
How is Babby Formed
And when he is not pondering the ethics of Ancient Romans, he is quite keen on concept of creation.
Not long ago I was chasing my children around the house with a rhetorical cry of "Why are you so adorable?" which Matei took very seriously indeed.
"Because I was born that way," he said, then added after a thoughtful pause "and because that is how Jesus created me."
"Oh yes? Was Jesus pregnant?"
"Oh yes," Matei nodded. "For many, many years."
On a positive note I think it will be years before we need to have birds and bees conversations, lest we be accused of heresy.
How is Jesus formed
Matei has been really absorbing religion lately, and is quite confused by it. When he's not walking around the house tunelessly singing songs he picked up in his CofE school "My God is mighty, there is nothing He cannot do..." then he is grilling Z and me on the workings of Christian theology which I struggle to answer in a generalised and age-appropriate way while Z tries to keep a straight face.
"What does God do? Why does God keep letting sad things happen to me and not fixing them?"
"Well, God doesn't interfere in people's lives, but for lots of people when they are sad they are comforted by the thinking about God, or feeling God's presence."
"What does God's presence feel like?"
"Sometimes you might feel a great warmth and wellbeing inside you. That can be like the feeling of God."
This has temporarily satisfied my literal-minded son, although it has also meant that whenever he feels the slightest bit of heat he announces himself in communion with the Creator. I dread to think of the stuff he probably comes out with in school, although if he's talking about Jesus then it hopefully means he is not pursuing another favourite topic of enquiry which is Why Doesn't Mommy Have A Penis.
*This is a change from the usual two questions he wakes us up with, namely "Can I watch cartoons?" and "Can I eat candy", which my autopilot could authoratatively respond to ("No") even if I was in a coma.