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Should Religion Be Taught in Schools?

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Only as a study of different cultures around the world, or as a factor in historical events.


Religion accounts for a large amount of history on all coninents, to be well versed in as much history and religious knowledge from all faiths is a massive when it comes to understanding the Human race today . I think it is a good thing to at least outline as many faiths as possible and there are many, all making gerat claims for themselves, Knowledge is power and when you look at people like the late Christopher Hitchins when he debated Theologians of all faiths he outgunned them from every angle, generally knew more about their faith than they did, Richard Dawkins is another unbeatable religion dabating scholar. Like I said "KNOWLEDGE is power !"

Wolfbat Level 6 Apr 21, 2018

It should be taught where it belongs, within the specific religions’ established place of worship. Having said that, I have no problem with educating adults in college about the religions of the world. In fact, I think it is important to a well-rounded education.

Oosaleh Level 4 Apr 21, 2018

Absolutely not taught as fact or truth. If there is a Comparative Religions class that teaches about religion as a concept and the different ways it finds expression as an anthropological study, I'd be okay with that. Might even deconvert some folks.


Absolutely ALL religions should be taught in schools. I was fascinated with the Greek gods as a child and the amount of religions in the world it's what made me an atheist . Once someone realises how many there are they soon realise they are just stories some with a good message some with very bad ones .

Simon1 Level 7 Apr 21, 2018

As literature, maybe. As sociology, maybe. As history, sure, because religions have been the causes of many wars and slaughters and genocides.

wirenutt Level 3 Apr 21, 2018

100% with you.


Not as a fact, but in history and social studies. And all religions should be addressed. They are a part of our social reality.


Yes unless all religions are taught in a historical fashion it should stay out. I have little faith that it could be done. You will always have a bias while being taught. I am also sure that the ones that really want religion taught means Christianty. They will get bent out of shape when other religions are taught.


Sure. If you are talking about Middle or High school, then it can be taught with Social Studies and/or History. In college or university, it can be taught with Sociology, History, Art, Psychology, and on its own.

Whether we like it or not, religion is part of human history and culture all over the world. Why should we not allow people to learn about religions just because we are atheists, agnostics, etc?

joeymf86 Level 7 Apr 21, 2018

it should be talked about in history and I mean all religions in an unbiased way as it is a huge part of history.


As what it is, Mythology.

IAMGROOT Level 7 Apr 21, 2018

you should teach children how to think and not what to think. they should be taught about drugs and sex too at the right age.


Yes, in a class called, "Comparative Myths of the World."

soquel Level 6 Apr 21, 2018

We learnt about Religions, I did a project on Rastafarianism as we all got to pick one to present on. It was fun and educational.


Yes, teach world religions. Teach how they were created and how they were spread. I feel having a general knowledge of religion is avantatious in our society.


It has had such a huge impact on us as a species in the last how many thousands of years, that I think it certainly needs to be addressed in an educational way as part of our history. I believe that any ONE religion should NOT be taught in schools.


The impact on our history, or a comparitive religions class that teaches about all religions including dead ones. Other than those two, no.

icolan Level 7 Apr 21, 2018

Especially the Aztecs !!!

@Simon1 Aztecs, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Sumerians. They all made advances in civilization and their religions did some horrible things. And they should all be studied.

@icolan exactly scare the crap out of them lol


No, religion should be kept in a church.


No. I think religion is a family based activity. Whatever it is after you leave home and begin fending for yourself, yoiu tend to make up your own mind.
Why should teachers be burdened with more shit that f\amilies should be doing?

Briway Level 2 Apr 21, 2018

ABSOLUTELY NOT !!!..... the brain of a child is fragile enough without filling it with mythical fraudulent bullshit,,,,,,,,,,..and attempting to pollute the childs brain into believing such nonsense.

madmac Level 7 Apr 21, 2018

I think your right as far as very young children go


right along side of witchcraft and vodoo

steve148 Level 7 Apr 21, 2018

All religions should be taught so children can be educated and also gain important lessons and advice from them. When a school will only teach one religion, thats when problems arise...


Students should definitely be taught about the world's major religions as they have influenced so much in terms of history, politics, art and literature. Sadly religion still plays a major part in many people's lives and as long as it still has an influence we need to understand as much about religion as possible.

What I do think needs to be abolished is the law requiring a daily act if religious worship in UK schools.


It should be a part of Social Studies and should definately include a critique. Watch the religiousity scream at the suggestion of this.


It is compulsory in the UK. I used to think this was wrong but so much of our society and history is based on this that some rudimentary knowledge is essential

273kelvin Level 8 Apr 21, 2018

However, It is supposed to be on aspects of ALL religions. Unfortunately, some faith-based schools plug their own beliefs relentlessly and barely mention other religions.

@Petter Education is there to prepare us for life. If you are in a theist society then learning about your own norms are really useful. Okay this may by deemed as indoctrination but if everybody believes in fairy tales then you should know then too.

@273kelvin I'm not claiming they should not emphasise their own religion, but some schools allocate perhaps an hour per term to the beliefs of other religions, which are glossed over, merely to stay within the law. My granddaughter was in a school like that for a while. Fortunately we had already taught her to think critically when presented with dogma. Meanwhile, my grandson was given equal exposure to the beliefs of many religions and finds the subject fascinating. Both, however, have a healthy disregard for taking myth as fact.


Religious studies are important in history and have indeed shaped the cultures of the world. It is impossible to discuss history without mentioning religion. A great example is the crusades.

The problem we will run into as much as I do advocate the idea is that the curriculum will inevitably be abused to promote the local predominant religion. That is, if the local religion is Chirstianity it will have more time spent on it and it will be presented with much more ligimacy than others. Atheism may be excluded all together as it is not by defintion a religion. This may lead students to conclude that to be normal they have to choose a religion.

When ever a great idea comes and religion can take control of it there will be problems.

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