• Religion is a philosophy.

    Many people say that they should keep religion out of schools, but they contradict themselves here. They enforse atheism on students. Atheism is the the absense of religon thus meaning that they would be still enforcing religon on a school. So they should teach the Bible, but they should make it a class in itself or put it in a Philosophy class.

  • The Bible would be an interesting book and probably the most influential in students' lives.

    MANY PARTS of the Bible could be taught in school since the fact that if students are taught the whole Bible, then atheists, agnostics, etc. would start ranting that teaching the Bible would be infringing on the First Amendment not realizing the fact that not every part of the Bible is meant only to preach religion, but to also teach morality and perspective. It is a lot better than reading many immoral books in public education such as Hemingway's heavily-burdened with archetypes and sex "Farewell to Arms".

    Some think that the Bible plagiarized most of its morals straight from thousands and thousands of manuscripts. How could one plagiarize a moral when it was rationally the right belief to follow? The Bible encompasses many of the morals we utilize and upheld today. Most of the writings are expanded or new in comparison to the Schoyen Collection or Code of Hammurabi to be employed world wide. Did any of the Europeans said that they would follow the Code of Hammurabi and observe the Schoyen Collection? NO! The Bible was the moral education used in European society. The Bible's contents would be expanded to create much understanding such as the King James Bible, originally meant for the Puritans.

    In addition, many believe it would be invalid to learn from this book because supposedly it is out-dated and "a fairy tale". That would mean that the present day's morals and ethics are bogus. These ranters fail to acknowledge the fact that most of society's rules are derived from the Bible: the "golden rule" derived from the Messiah, the "easy way may not be the best way" from the parable of the man who build a house of brick and another who build out of sand, etc. Discrimination and prejudice is still a contemporary issue in the United States and the Bible expresses a parable to reduce or possible end it – The Good Samaritan.

    Furthermore, it would make students expand their perspective of people during the era Before Christ (BC). History could be related and connected with events which are part of the Bible. Saint Paul was a significant figure. Parts of the Bible in the New Testament have events coinciding with the effects of Caesar's reign.

    Unfortunately, many people simply rejected religions as nonsense, not acknowledging the fact that their society and the world was build from religious foundations. Maybe this is because today many people are disillusioned with society and the many depressing events passing by. They would question religion similarly to the people of the Lost Generation.

    I would defend my stance to those I offended during my views. Religion is something not to be rejected yet to acknowledge. People should not narrow their minds, but expand. They do not need to accept religion, they just have to learn how effective it was in society and possibly how effective it could be in today's society.

  • The Bible gives hope!

    The Bible is not a big, giant book of boring fables or rules. It is from a holy God who gives hope to his children. Most people think that people who believe in God are strange because they are believing in something they can't see. Can you see the wind? No, but just because you can't see something doesn't mean it is not there! Here's a question; if I leave a pencil in a room for a million years, will it evolve into an iPad? No! Who invents things? Inventors. Did houses just evolve? No. What about us? If you haven't noticed, everything in the world, iPad, table, pillow, bed, computer- was CREATED. Why?

  • Bible is History

    The Bible is a History book that has A D and B C. It teaches deep history to all who read it.
    It adds to History that is still be discovered in our world today. So the Bible needs to be taught in our public school. It's not only History but also teaches Science.

  • Reading does not necessarily mean believing

    I do believe the bible should be read in public schools. Like it or not this country (United States of America) was founded and built upon the values laid out in the bible, mostly things like the 10 commandments. So in a public school now a days, where students are expected to learn values as well as your core classes it is necessary to teach those that was as Americans have adopted, and as I stated before a lot of those came from the bible. With our nation be built on these principles the bible has become part of nations history and therefore needs to be taught in our American History classes in order to get the full picture of who we are as a nation and why we think the way that we do. As for the argument of that's not my beliefs, I raise this question. Why is it ok for science teachers to force feed the "Big Bang?" As a Baptist that's not what I believe happened in the beginning of creation and yet that is all I have been taught in school. I'm not saying that the "Big Bang" shouldn't be taught I just think that if we are going to get rid of things that can fall into the realm of belief then we should do it across the board and be fair about it.

  • No religion in schools, no religion period.

    Not discussing religion seems like an unbiased, impartial, and objective method of handling the contentious aspects of religion, but the fact of the matter is by not teaching it to students at all they begin to mistake religion as some sort of mythology with no historical basis to support it, and this in undoubtedly a major cause of the rising atheism in the US. If a teenager wants to be an atheist, that is their choice, but it is unfair that they shouldn't be presented the arguments and aspects of the religion first. Some people will say "well, hey, their parents will educate them at home about religion," when that is simply nonsense; most parents are to busy working and taking of their families to spend time on such an activity. Not only that, but the vast majority of parents are likely to be nominal or near nominal religious folk that lack the credentials to appropriately present such material to their children.

    Posted by: Fady
  • Teaching before the wrong person does it.

    I am not saying to teach the bible to bring religious belief into schools. I say teach the bible, teach the Koran, teach the Tora. Those books are so often taught by the wrong people, so why not do it from an official in a school instead of by some manic in a back room! Sorry for my horrible English, I am German.

  • Too influential to discount.

    Too big an influence on history, law, and culture to not be part of what students are required to learn. Also, almost the only documented historical source covering the period 4,00 years B.C. And, to fully understand many works of literature and art, some understanding of the bible is necessary.

  • It should be an option, not mandatory.

    I believe that the Bible shouldn't be banned from schools just because it is a religious text. It should be made available students to study, but not made mandatory. The same should be the case for any other religious text. If a class wants to examine the text, it should be available.

  • Yes it should but there have to be requirements

    First off there is nothing wrong with teaching the Bible and Religion in the Public school setting, HOWEVER. It absolutely MUST be and ELECTIVE course, and you absolutely MUST offer courses on other religions as well. The moment you make any religious course mandatory, you have stepped over the line. The best way to do it would be World Religions class, one that focuses on more than just the abrahamic religions, you gotta get pagan, Hinduism, Wicca, Taoism, Budism and all the others in, all respresented equally in there class content. As long as they are ALL taught equally, and the class ISNT mandatory. Then yes, these things should be able to be taught.

  • It depends on what you mean.

    There is a difference in asserting something's validity and teaching about religions. The bible should be taught as a part of Christianity, just like how the Torah is taught to be a part of Judaism, and the Quran is taught to be a part of Islam. Teaching ABOUT a religion is different than teaching the religion and preaching it. However, preaching the bible's word to students is absurd and a violation of the separation of church and state.

  • 2 of the most dangerous misconceptions about the Bible

    All religions are superstitious nonsense that should only be taught in Church, or in a history class that talks about the history of superstitious beliefs starting with the Sumerian civilization of Mesopotamia (4000 BC to 1000 BC). The Jewish and Christian religions were formed from the Sumerian religion. As a matter of fact, there were thousands of clay tablets found in Sumer that have tales that were copied into the Christian Bible, e.g., the Great Flood.
    “The Schoyen Collection comprises most types of manuscripts from the whole world spanning over 5000 years. It is the largest private manuscript collection formed in the 20th century. The whole collection, MSS 1-5268, comprises 13,497 manuscript items, including 2,174 volumes. 6,850 manuscript items are from the ancient period, 3300 BC - 500 AD; 3,864 are from the medieval period, 500 - 1500; and 2,783 are post-medieval. Never before there has been formed a collection with such variety geographically, linguistically, textually, and of scripts, writing materials, etc., over such a great span of time as 5 millennia.”
    The Code of Hammurabi was one of several sets of laws in the ancient Near East. The clay tablets that Moses supposedly brought down from Mount Sinai, actually contained ten of the laws in the Code of Hammurabi, which Moses called the Ten Commandments. The Sumer Clay tablets talk about the great flood and an ark, which the Christians copied.
    Religion is all one big joke based on fairy tales. The flood did happen, but it was a natural event and it did not cover the earth.
    Evidence Against - The Great Pyramid of Cheops was built about 2589-2566 BC, about 230 years before the flood, yet it has no water marks on it. The Djoser Step Pyramid at Saqqara, Egypt, built about 2630 BC doesn't show any signs of having been under water. Likewise for many other ancient structures. But even more importantly, the Egyptians have continuous historical records for hundreds of years before and after the time of the flood that make no mention of a great flood. This shows that they were not only not aware of a global flood, they certainly were not greatly affected by one. Outside of the Bible, there is no historical or physical evidence that would place a worldwide flood during the time period specified by the Bible for the great flood.

  • Keep religion out of public education.

    Religion is a private matter that is between a student and his or her family. The faculty of a public school should not provide lessons that could promote any one faith over others. Teaching the Bible in public schools would give the impression that Christianity is the correct faith, and that seems to be a violation of the First Amendment. Teach children religion at home and in churches--not in public schools.

  • Not scientifically valid, and violates 1st amendment

    First of all, let's look at the first amendment:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    On the first line of the first amendment, the Constitution outright bans the practice of respecting an establishment of religion in public schools. Not only is it unconstitutional, it is completely unjust and unequal. No other religious scripture has been suggested to be taught in the schools (and it wouldn't be feasible to teach hundreds of other scriptures either) alongside the Bible.

    Information that is taught to children should be historically and scientifically accurate. If it can't be verified, we should not even entertain the possibility of ingraining this in children's susceptible minds.

  • There is no God.

    The bible is not real why should people teach it? If there is no scientific proof then why teach the Bible? There are no facts stating that there is a God. Christians should revise the Bible before wanting to teach things in school that are going to contradict science. Why?

  • As an elective, sure

    I'm not sure I'd want the state to teach courses on the Bible. However, if it's an elective, then parents and students can decide if they want to take it or not. The Bible IS literature, and it has had an enormous influence on western civilization, so it seems appropriate to have classes on the Bible. But as a Christian, I would not trust the government to teach these classes, so I would prefer they be electives so anybody could opt out. And if you're going to allow classes on the Bible, you ought to allow classes on the Qu'ran, the Book of Mormon, the Tao de Ching, the Bagivad Gita, etc., too.

  • Maybe as a class you can choose, but not as a major.

    I could understand maybe if you wanted this class as an elective but otherwise, no. Theres already enough time spent on teaching actual majors to concentrate on a bible class. Also schools shouldn't force religion on children if they don't want to be religious. So no I don't think the bible should be taught in school other than an elective.

  • We would spend too much time on religion.

    I believe that must of us now believe in religious tolerance and equality, the teaching of the bible in public schools contradicts this. If we wanted to stay true to our moral standard we would have to not just teach the bible but also teach the koran, Thripitaka and all other holy books as well as some sort of atheist guide to remain tolerant. Obviously this would not work and the schools would spend far too much time on religion. Public schools must teach about the history of religion but refrain from going too deep and spend time examining scripture but must simply look at core beliefs and the history of the religion.

    Posted by: Worm
  • No the bible should not be taught in public school.

    The bible should not be taught in schools. It secludes many other religions out in this world and I don't believe that students should be forced into learning what many may not believe. It also doesn't make sense to teach the students all about the bible and not teach them about any other religion. The bible also talks about ways in how society should be and how people should think. It tells people what is right and what is wrong and it haunts innocent people. (I.e. Gays) People should be able to openly express themselves without having religion tell them what is right and what it wrong.

  • Do not seclude the lesser religions.

    First off other religions beside Christianity do exist and if schools allowed only one religion a passage way into schools it would be destroying peoples freewill. If you do not have the choice of being taught what book or manuscript you would like to be taught from then you have no freewill in to choose its would be a complete termination of freewill.

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philochristos says2013-03-14T02:26:15.200
Woops! I meant to put my answer on the 'yes' side. Sorry about that.
chuteleach says2013-10-24T04:13:29.033
The bible should be taught in a middle eastern mythology class.

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