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67
yes it should be taught no!
Debate Score:132
Arguments:68
Total Votes:150
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should christianity be taught in schools

what do you think??

should christianity be taught in schools

yes it should be taught

Side Score: 65
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no!

Side Score: 67
5 points

All religions should be taught in an elective class, that which is not mandatory, or pluralised.

Side: yes it should be taught
2 points

I think what he suggests is quite right.

All religions, for example, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and all should be there as a subject called "Religion".

Thus, those who are Christians can choose Christianity as their Religion subject and others choose whatever they would want to. Isn't this the best way to fortify own faith?

Side: yes it should be taught
VinceX(24) Disputed
1 point

That makes no sense. If you want to learn about religion, why don't you go to a church?

Side: No!
Akulakhan(2973) Disputed
1 point

(See rebuttal right column)

Side: yes it should be taught
3 points

i think it should be up to the person who is going to be learning it what religion they want to learn as its not fair on 100% atheist having to learn ll about god and jesus when they do not believe at all :)

Side: It should be up to the school
VinceX(24) Disputed
2 points

Which is why people that want to learn about religion should gather outside of school in order to learn. Oh wait, that's called church.

Side: No!
2 points

It should be up to the school what they teach. If they want to teach Christianity at their school, let them! If people don't want their kids learning about it, don't send them to a school that teaches it.

Side: It should be up to the school
iamdavidh(4856) Disputed
6 points

... how exactly would that work?

What if I were an atheist (I am) and I pay taxes (I do and quite a bit of them) and the only school within miles teaches Christianity - doing so using a portion of the taxes I pay?

Seems silly and directly counter to the indisputable separation of church and State very apparent and easily understood in the constitution.

How about this. We let private schools offer an education - and these private schools don't receive public funding. And these private schools can teach religion, since they are not aided by the State?

There that sounds like a good compromise...

Oh wait, that's already what's going on ><

Side: No!
orangepeel(188) Disputed
2 points

Well then in that case if you are going to have a secular state there should be a cut in taxes so that the private schools won't need to be so exclusive.

Side: yes it should be taught
2 points

I agree, it should be an elective. If you want to learn about something you are unfamiliar with, offer it. If you want to learn more because you are religious already, offer it. If you just want to learn about someone else's beliefs, offer it! I LOVE THAT IDEA! As an elective. Do you know what good that could bring. Even the athiests of the world would have the option to learn why people do what they do and a new found respect would be in place!!!

Side: yes it should be taught
brycer2012(1001) Disputed
3 points

How do people plan to cut taxes by adding programs? Who do you think teaches these classes? Who do you think pays the teachers salary and buys the books and pays the electric bills and buys the classroom furniture? It doesn't grow on trees. If it is done at a private school, okay, but not at a public school.

Side: No!
VinceX(24) Disputed
3 points

Why not just go to a church that is affiliated with the religion that you are interested in? Can't explain that? Go figure.

Side: No!
2 points

I think Christianity should indeed be taught. Not only Christianity, but other religions, which is including the religion of Macro evolution.

I didn't become a Christian until the last year of school. My school didn't really teach much Christianity at all. Most people at the school, including myself did not know what Christianity was all about. There were assemblies where people spoke about Jesus though, but I never really thought they were very beneficial.

But anyway, I feel everyone should be allowed to learn as many different things as possible in schools. This should also include religion, otherwise there would probably be hardly any chance of people ever becoming aware of what religion actually is. If we are taught religion, it can help us to understand things about certain people's lifestyles, which will probably come in handy at some point. This is my opinion anyway.

Side: yes it should be taught
aveskde(1935) Disputed
3 points

I think Christianity should indeed be taught. Not only Christianity, but other religions, which is including the religion of Macro evolution.

If religions are allowed to be taught in schools, it will turn them into indoctrination centres for the local town religious majority. People who advocate teaching religion in school aren't interested in teaching every religion in a manner consistent with anthropology or world history. They want an excuse to legitimise the local prejudices of the nation, and turn the next generation into pliable minds for the church.

I didn't become a Christian until the last year of school. My school didn't really teach much Christianity at all. Most people at the school, including myself did not know what Christianity was all about. There were assemblies where people spoke about Jesus though, but I never really thought they were very beneficial.

Schools are institutions of fact and knowledge. They are not for superstition, especially state schools where it is illegal to teach religion on the taxpayers' dollars.

But anyway, I feel everyone should be allowed to learn as many different things as possible in schools. This should also include religion, otherwise there would probably be hardly any chance of people ever becoming aware of what religion actually is. If we are taught religion, it can help us to understand things about certain people's lifestyles, which will probably come in handy at some point. This is my opinion anyway.

This is why encyclopedias exist. Indoctrinating religion closes minds and causes intolerance.

Side: No!
TwoStar17(12) Disputed
4 points

So, you think teaching religion in schools is turning schools into "indoctrination centres"?

Isn't teaching evolution part of a belief system? (supposedly based on facts, but creationist christian's claim to be based on facts also)

So I'm sticking by my view point, sorry.

let's stick to Creationism in Christianity for this time.

The reason athiests don't complain about evolution being taught, is because they believe it could be true - thinking it to be based on facts. Yet, athiests don't complain about it, but complain when another idea pops into the picture, such as what the Bible says.

If you must talk about science, I think, because science is supposed to be open minded, we should teach creationism in our science classes, and also evolution. Anything else, is biased.

The beliefs are both ideas, and interpretations of what is observed. So let us check out both interpretations.

Side: yes it should be taught
2 points

I'm going to say yes to this one, but add that if we do, it shouldn't be taught exclusively (sp?) of other religions/beliefs. It shouldn't be mandatory, but an elective. Perhaps a study of world religions.

Why are people offended by something they don't believe in? I don't believe in unicorns, but I'm not going around trying to get unicorns banned from being seen by the public. That's not a reasonable argument.

Side: yes it should be taught
1 point

Why are people offended by something they don't believe in? I don't believe in unicorns, but I'm not going around trying to get unicorns banned from being seen by the public. That's not a reasonable argument.

Would you like your tax dollars wasted on teaching children about a group of primitive men who worshiped unicorns thousands of years ago and wrote a book about it, or would you rather your money be spent preparing children with the skills they need to be successful as adults?

Side: No!
ammccarter(43) Disputed
2 points

Tax dollars are spent on this. Our kids are taught about ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and the gods that they worshiped. These kids are also being taught about evolution (which is still a theory), being presented as fact. This is also being paid by my tax dollars, and yet I don't believe in it. I don't want it banned, I want other THEORIES taught along next to it, being presented as just that...theories.

Side: yes it should be taught
sop4life603(48) Disputed
1 point

How are they successfully preparing children as adults id they really do not know everything out there. You are basically saying its ok to spend are tax dollars on one (evolution)but it is definitely not ok to spend are tax dollars on another theory that more people believe in(creation)!!!

Side: yes it should be taught
2 points

Students should learn about all religions, including Christianity, in their history and social studies courses. Because of the enormous impact this religion has had on the course of human history, it would be irresponsible not to teach our students about it.

Side: yes it should be taught
1 point

If a school can't teach Christianity, then it shouldn't be able to teach any other religion!, it's like saying all the others are more important. All children have the right to know about different faiths Christianity included

Side: yes it should be taught
1 point

i think it should be taught in school because children need to know about Jesus Christ since they was young.

Side: yes it should be taught
1 point

my school taught me about christianity. I think it very good to know about Jesus

Side: yes it should be taught
1 point

ofcourse it should be taught in schools, because why not want to teach it if it is suitable and intresting

Side: yes it should be taught
IAmSparticus(1517) Clarified
1 point

In what context do you think it should be taught? As part of curriculum, as part of a competitive religions class, in a class on its own, etc?

Side: yes it should be taught
6 points

i must negate to the resolution that states christianity should be taught in schools.

though am a christian i really believe that the fact that christianity is thought in schools also means that all other religions should be taught.

religions shouldn't be taught in schools because school is a place where we learn about our law and things that'll make us learn and understand what we need to know. school is not a place where we judge other people's religions:) i'll rest my case:)

Side: No!
Akulakhan(2973) Disputed
1 point

I'd claim understanding religion is crucial to living in the modern world. School is the utility in which we prepare children for daily life. It is only suiting that religion be taught in schools.

Side: yes it should be taught
VinceX(24) Disputed
3 points

Why don't people go to a church? Religion does not have to be part of daily life, thus it should not be in school, according to your argument.

Side: No!
Lama(3) Disputed
1 point

Religion is anything except crucial to living in the modern world. It features outdated ideals, many of which have been cast aside due to their lack of relevance to modern society. For example "Wives, submit to your husbands" (Ephesians 5:22)

These types of outdated, not to mentions discriminatory and sexist ideals, have no place in our schools and should definetly not be taught as "the truth" to the young members of our society.

Side: No!
5 points

Maybe we should teach people to be tolerant but why would we offer specific religions and propagate lies even as an elective? I want to advance towards flying cars not regress into the dark ages.

Why would we offer "Geography Circa 500 BC" and allow teachers to explain how the earth is flat?

Furthermore, the fact that this question is for Christianity specifically punctuates the fact that it is absurd. "Should the one true religion be taught in schools?" is not a valid question. Assuming that Christianity is any more valid that any other religion is far less acceptable than my assuming that no religion is valid.

Side: No!
3 points

Personally, I am Jewish. I believe in God and I respect the idea of other religions. But, according to the Constitution of the United States Of America, we have the right to freedom of religion. If schools taught Christianity, they would be forcing a religion down children's throats. Many Americans are not religious so it may not be a part of daily life. All Americans CHOOSE to have a religion and practice it. To say Christianity is the "holiest" religion is just biased.

Side: No!
sop4life603(48) Disputed
1 point

That is why they would make it as a elective. Then they would not be, as you say it " forcing a religion down childrens throats."

Side: yes it should be taught
2 points

There's a damn good reason it isn't taught in public schools now.

Side: No!
brycer2012(1001) Disputed
5 points

What is that reason?

The minimum length for an argument is 50 characters. The purpose of this restriction is to cut down on the amount of dumb jokes, so we can keep the quality of debate and discourse as high as possible.

Side: No!
sop4life603(48) Disputed
1 point

Could you explain that reason? Because I am aware that the reason it is not taught is because this Country doesnt believe in are morals that we started to build this country with in the first place

Side: yes it should be taught
1 point

Some kids don't want to spend hours learning about religion. They should choose......

Side: No!
ammccarter(43) Disputed
1 point

That's not a very valid point. Some kids don't want to spend hours learning english or math either, but they have to.

BUT in direct response to your argument, have a religion study as an elective...

Side: yes it should be taught
1 point

religion should be done away with entirely. how can we read these fairy tales written 2000 yrs ago and then take them seriously while we know all the scientific discoveries we know now. back then, they use to think the globe was flat.

Side: No!
sop4life603(48) Disputed
1 point

Just like how can we believe in evolution because it is still a theory, there is NO facts to show that its true. Even though there are facts to showing there was a huge flood many years ago. There is facts that shows land on earth use to be one body which is in the Bible. There is facts that foreshadowing in the Bible has happened in are generation. We might as well turn into communists because you are saying to get rid of religion entirely which is something that communists would do.

Side: yes it should be taught

No, there are many religions out there and I think Religion should only be taught to people that believe in it.

Side: No!