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Odaenathus
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Public schools should offer education in world religions both historically and in religious beliefs

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Started: 2/14/2014 Category: Religion
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Odaenathus

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Adolescents should have a vaster knowledge of other religions other than the one their family believes in. I present two main conjectures. Education of religions in a neutral perspective will help society in its corrupted views of hatred on others, because of difference of religions. After education of other religions, if the adolescent chooses their previously chosen denomination of their parents then that would be a stronger and more personal relationship with their religious beliefs. Which both would help the individual.
In a non-biased and educational view of other religions, the adolescent would be able to develop an understanding for the reasoning behind others religious related actions, that would otherwise confuse them and not allow them to accept the actions and individuals differences.
Making the adolescent believe in a religious denomination because he is ignorant of other options, is not ethical, for it takes away his ability to freely choose his personal belief.
chippsy666

Con

I accept the debate and will be arguing that no religion should be taught in schools.
Debate Round No. 1
Odaenathus

Pro

Odaenathus forfeited this round.
chippsy666

Con

I think no religion should be taught in schools for several reasons:

Firstly, the concept of 'neutrality' and 'non-biased' teaching of religion is impossible considering religion is so subjective. You will always upset someone in teaching Christianity, for example, depending on what version of the Bible you choose, or what interpretation you choose to take.( Islam is not better as there are many different interpretations of the Koran.)

Secondly on the issues of neutrality, religions have some serious issues that need to be addressed, are we to teach about female circumcision , child abuse, terrorism and anti-homosexuality in a neutral way? Is religion beyond criticism?
I would suggest that it is not.

Thirdly, religion in the modern day is saturated with problems in justifying itself in the face of science and philosophy. Many religious beliefs are out dated, ridiculous and damn right evil. For the the good we are told religion does we cannot ignore the devastation it has left in its wake .
Young people should be aware of these issues and they should be able to debate them. I think it is unethical to teach that religions are all about peace and love, when religion has been the main cause of violence, intolerance, bigotry, racism and ignorance in the world.

To assume that by learning about the range of different religions a young person will understand the 'other' and be a peace with other faiths is daft. Most religions teach contempt for other religions and non- believers. When one is a loyal follower of Christianity, one cannot help but believe all other faiths are wrong and misguided. ( They will of course think that only they have the 'true way'.) There are so many schisms in Christianity alone, that we must be free to question and doubt the validity of it all.

We must remember that Religions are not all saying the same thing. They are competing ideologies with conflicting practices and cannot, and will not, ever live in peace with each other. The only thing religions all have in common is that they are all man made.

No more wishy washy rubbish to be taught in schools, let's teach philosophy, morality, ethics, science. Let's give young people truth.
Debate Round No. 2
Odaenathus

Pro

Odaenathus forfeited this round.
chippsy666

Con

I believe that religion has nothing of worth to share in the modern world. If we teach what we think is good of religion then we must also teach the failures' , and there are many. A balanced view or no view. Long past are the days where religion can occupy the moral high ground and take credit for morality. It has abused it's position to often to be taken seriously. The value of Religion should be debated in schools and young people allowed to think critically about faith.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by EthicsPhilosopher 3 years ago
EthicsPhilosopher
Yes, but it should be a student's decision of what class they want to be in.
Posted by Disquisition 3 years ago
Disquisition
Most schools do this on a surface level already. I think I learned about other religions in world history class by the 10th grade.
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