Every once in a while I like to check in with my son (Will age 7) and see how I'm doing as Atheist-Dad.
I asked him what does he knows about Thor. I didn't ask him to differentiate between the Marvel superhero against the mythological deity (I think a lot of people would have difficulty with that task).
Will's responses in order...
1. He has a day named after him, Thursday.
This is true!
2. He's god of thunderclaps.
Two for two. Thor controlled both lightning and thunder.
3. He has gloves that protect his hands.
This is true for the deity but not for the superhero. Thor needed gloves (Jarngreipr from the Old Norse "Iron Gripper") to protect his hands. When he threw Mjolnir (Thor's magic hammer ) it would be white hot when it returned.
At which point Will remembered...
4. Thor has a magic hammer that returns to him when thrown.
People believed that when lightning occurred it was Thor throwing his hammer.
I asked a follow up question, "Do you know the name of the hammer?"
"No." He replied. I was okay with that. Hey, he knew the guy had magic gloves.
5. Thor has a helmet with wings on it.
This is true for the superhero. I have seen several depictions of the deity and he is sans hat.
At this point Will was more interested in the TV show we were watching (Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares). I thought I'd ask him some more followup questions.
"Where does Thor live?" I queried.
"Asgard" Will said without hesitation.
"How does Thor get to and from Asgard?" This is a kids, "Double Jeopardy Question."
"The rainbow path."
The actual answer is the rainbow bridge (Bifrost), but as the only judge I decided to give it to him.
I turned to Will, "Who is Jesus Christ?"
Will looked at me, "Who?"
Ahhhhh, job well done.