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Old June 18th, 2015, 01:23 PM   #11
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What if we made religion a mandatory part of the curriculum? All of the world religions to be studied side by side and compared. No part of the class would be this one is correct and this is why or this one is wrong and this is why. Just this is "x" religion, this is their God/gods, this is their belief system. This is "y"'religion exc. allow the students to compare similarities and contrasts.Probabilities and improbability. No favoritism given to one system or another just the general belief structure of the religions.
This is great in college where objective thinking can be done without continued harrassment from parents. In public schools, not so much.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 03:03 PM   #12
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Here's the problem that would arise.
Would the bible be presented as a text, would it be critically examined as a text, would the stories be compared and contrasted with the Babylonian and Egyptian stories they were derived from, would the motives of the authors, to support the political fortunes of their patron be considered.
And in the end, would it be presented as the equivalent to all the other stories of the supernatural, without engendering huge protest from the ooga-booga people?
No one knows exactly what the source of the Bible stories is or what the motives of the authors were, so to even discuss these things is absurd. Only an arrogant liberal would be so presumptuous as to insist on "critically examining" the text in this way.

The Bible should be taught as literature, just as the Iliad and the Odyssey should be taught. And the moral points should be discussed, though I realize that modern teachers are incapable of understanding moral points. (The core moral point of the Iliad and the Odyssey is don't screw other men's women, but this is completely lost on modern academics.)
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Old June 22nd, 2015, 11:24 PM   #13
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What if we made religion a mandatory part of the curriculum? All of the world religions to be studied side by side and compared. No part of the class would be this one is correct and this is why or this one is wrong and this is why. Just this is "x" religion, this is their God/gods, this is their belief system. This is "y"'religion exc. allow the students to compare similarities and contrasts.Probabilities and improbability. No favoritism given to one system or another just the general belief structure of the religions.
thats more or less what my kids got from school, and theirs is a catholic school. its certainly what they get at home, and thats probably more important.
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