A friend posted a protected entry today about babysitting a niece and nephew who were carefully protected from violence by their parents (no Bugs Bunny cartoons, e.g.), and then as a bedtime story one of the kids chose a Bible story, Samson and Delilah. Which, as you probably know, is extremely violent ("Samson died that day, but so did thousands of his enemies.") So I wonder: is depriving a child of anything exciting and interesting except the Bible a good way to hook them on it? Kind of like, if you wanted to install a fixation on artichokes, if you made elaborate and delicious artichoke dishes whenever they asked but ensured that all other food they had access to was consistently bland and unappetizing?