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Old June 16th, 2015, 03:26 PM   #1
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Mandatory religious studies in school

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.
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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.
I see nothing but problems. Would you include Zoroastrianism? Satanists? If you lump all the protestant sects together expect a lot of flack. The FSM phonies and the few FSM fools would shit all over you. It would never end, or you would need a 724 day school year.
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Studying meaningless facts devoid of substance is typical of modern education, and this would fit. What would be more interesting would be reading original texts. In the West, everyone should read portions of the Old Testament, New Testament, and Quran. Other reading could include the Iliad and Odyssey, the Analects, and maybe some books about other religions written by members of that religion. Books about a religion written by someone who isn't a member of that religion are completely useless and should never be used in school.
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I see nothing but problems. Would you include Zoroastrianism? Satanists? If you lump all the protestant sects together expect a lot of flack. The FSM phonies and the few FSM fools would shit all over you. It would never end, or you would need a 724 day school year.
I was thinking just the major ones. Jews/Christian/catholic/Islam and Hindu Buddhism too tho it's not really a religion. But I guess your right if the Christians alone can't agree it would be a shit storm.
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Studying meaningless facts devoid of substance is typical of modern education, and this would fit. What would be more interesting would be reading original texts. In the West, everyone should read portions of the Old Testament, New Testament, and Quran. Other reading could include the Iliad and Odyssey, the Analects, and maybe some books about other religions written by members of that religion. Books about a religion written by someone who isn't a member of that religion are completely useless and should never be used in school.
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I wouldn't mind - as long as it didn't turn into a Sunday School Classroom for Christianity. I took Comparative Religions in high school and learned a lot - and enjoyed the class.
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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?
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if you censor religion out, you cannot correctly or adequately teach history, language or culture unless you lie.

and lying is what public education all over america does today.
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if you censor religion out, you cannot correctly or adequately teach history, language or culture unless you lie.

and lying is what public education all over america does today.
Where was there a point made about censoring religion? I remember learning about the Greek, Egyptian gods exc in school. Not presenting any of them as fact is not censorship just unbiased education.
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Where was there a point made about censoring religion? I remember learning about the Greek, Egyptian gods exc in school. Not presenting any of them as fact is not censorship just unbiased education.
did you learn why the british called the american revolution the presbyterian war? did you learn the motto of george washington's army? did you learn what is inscribed at the top of washington's monument?
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