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Religion should be taught It shouldn't even be mentioned
Debate Score:57
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 Religion should be taught (13)
 
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Should Religion be Taught at Schools

I'm kind of on the fence about this one. I signed up to take comparative religion this year, but because parent complaints the class was removed. I think it would be a good class if the teacher isn't biased, but I can see how that would be difficult for some teachers. 

 

Basically, I think it should be an option for a class. Because it can help confused teens choose a religion, or not to have one, and in can possibly open some minds. 

Religion should be taught

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It shouldn't even be mentioned

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5 points

I think it's okay if it's in the context of history... but not teaching it as a means to convert anyone.

Side: Religion should be taught
2 points

Knowledge of world religions should be taught, just as world history, culture and society are taught. Classes for the study of religions are important, but only from the perspective of teaching, not to persuade students to adopt a religion.

I am an Atheist, so am not arguing from the position of someone of faith and religion. The teaching of what the differences, and practices of different religions is just as important as the teaching of the differences and practices of any past or current culture (Modern China, ancient Rome, The Russian Revolution)

What is not acceptable is the teaching of creationism/theology in a science class.

Side: Religion should be taught
2 points

Religion is,

King James Bible 1 Corinthians 4:5

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

John 7:24King James Bible

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment .

Righteous judgment judges the heart, but humans judge outward appearances.

All should know God judges the heart,and that God should be in us,and when God is in us we will love all seeing the heart, and will then we will judge righteously seek peace on earth with all men even as it is in heaven. Then we will love our neighbor as our self doing good to whoever.

Side: Religion should be taught
2 points

Taught in social studies, about why pilgrims migrated, the crusades, how it shapes other cultures, so on and so forth. Should not be taught in a "teach the controversy" sense. Science has its place in the present and future, religion has its place in history

Side: Religion should be taught
2 points

Religion has played an important role in history and culture. Schools shouldn't teach religion as fact, but it would greatly help out students' understanding of the world if they knew what Muslims and Buddhists believed. And others, obviously, but those two were just a point.

Cutting out religion means cutting out the reason for the Crusades and the Holocaust. Yes, Hitler was a bad person, but even he had reasons. In his mind, the Jews killed Jesus, and thus they should die. And in medieval Christianity, the pope was pretty much God, and he wanted the Holy Land.

Side: Religion should be taught

Children should be given a knowledge of all the faiths in existence in the world, only then will they be able to make their own minds up.

Side: Religion should be taught
1 point

how dare people not wanting to learn more about thier faith.....I as a Catholic learn religion. its not the best ever subject but i respect the man who made me and u! u may not read the bible scriptures but he said 'love one another as i have loved you!' and u know what he still loves u.

he watches over us day and night and least u could do to him is tell hime u belive in him and u love him!

I REST MY CASE!

^.^

Side: Religion should be taught

Religion is a fascinating subject, especially if your teacher is incredibly biased. It's nice to learn from a true believer, and from there you can decide what you want to believe. When I did Year 12 Studies of Religion, taught by a Catholic priest, I did an assignment on 'Paganism in Australia'. I got an A+ and I discovered my own faith.

Religion is essential. A child must be exposed to it. My little sister was traumatized after the death of our baby sister, and I helped her by introducing her to Christianity. She needed to believe that the angels were looking after the baby in heaven.

Also, if you send your child to a Lutheran school, you shouldn't become upset if that is what is taught there.

Side: Religion should be taught
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All aspects of human life should be taught in school. Teaching people about religion isn't the same as instilling religious beliefs into them.

Liberals tend to look down their noses to those who have strong faith - but it is based on an ill understanding of religion. People of different religious backgrounds often misunderstand basic concepts of other religions and also have a chance to view it from a neutral point of view. The problem is however in the manner religion is taught. If it is taught neutrally, equally and correctly then nobody should oppose this sort of education. If it is however taught with bias, liberally and inaccurate, it can probably cause more harm than good.

Side: Religion should be taught
7 points

We have much better things to do with education than to indoctrinate the impressionable children with your own world view. We might think it is important to teach children to read, but it is much more important to teach children to question what they read, but its not in the best interest of those who educate us to raise a well educated population capable of critical thinking. We need a system that teaches kids how to think, and how to question the world around them. People who can learn for themselves and think for themselves, and no religion course, is going to promote that type of education.

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1 point

That's one of the greatest things I've ever read. Honestly.

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Thewayitis(4071) Disputed
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Nautilus(628) Disputed
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Nice try buddy, but evolution is a fact, and that's is why they teach it. Evolution is the means by which organisms evolve, it is true, and whether or not you choose to accept reality has no bearing on what reality is.

So let me get this straight, you think it is wrong to teach children the "myth" that organisms evolved from previously living organisms through genetic mutation, adaptation and mate selection (which has been proven), but its perfectly fine to tell impressionable young kids that a bearded man dressed in a night gown living in the sky created everything 6000 years ago just the way it is now and species don't change or evolve, the fossils were put there by satan.

I'm not saying schools can't teach religion, they can and should have it as an option but it should never be forced down someone else's throat.

Side: It shouldn't even be mentioned
7 points

Only if it's included in a Cultures' Mythology class......

Side: It shouldn't even be mentioned
3 points

"a Cultures' Mythology class......"

That would work. The majority of religious teachings do seem to be myth.

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2 points

It should be mandatory for students (probably in the High-School age) to learn the major religions of the world, where they came from, and what they generally believe. So much of the world's cultures have deep religious connotations. It would be impossible to know why some things are happening without a knowledge of certain religions.

Side: Religion should be taught
3 points

I think if it is added to the schools as the childs choice to take it then yes but should it be given to all students as a requirement No...

Side: It shouldn't even be mentioned
Skaruts(195) Disputed
1 point

The child would not know what exactly to choose, thus that choice would always be conditioned by the parent's culture and by their decision. I don't see that as such a good idea... Not that I have any better idea, tho.

Side: It shouldn't even be mentioned
0 points

For the sake of the future of mankind, by all means, NO!

Side: It shouldn't even be mentioned