It is called faith because it is not fact

Why is RE within the school curriculum?

Christian argue that we are a Christian country and our children should be taught about our faith. Do you agree?

They contend that without the moral compass provided by Christianity our schools and our children will not be able to judge how to behave and how to act in given situations.

They also believe that in the absence of Christianity our children would not know what to believe. They often content that without guidance schools are teaching ignorance and therefore secularism as a default starting point.

They contend that by teaching religion or in particular Christianity we are promoting all that is good in the world. This, by default, makes the church the arbiter of all morality. By association, children are being encouraged to think of religion as a benevolent, responsible and credible influence. They are taught that God is 'on our side' and will help us win football matches, pass tests, protect us from evil and help the poor in starving lands.

 

Links on both sides of the argument

  • National Secular Society
  • Kevin Donnelly makes case for religion
  • We Must Teach Religion in High Schools
  • Should religion be taught in schools?
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    Why Religions Education has no place in school.

    All religions are faiths. They are called faiths because they are not fact. Yet every day children are taught stories from the Bible and other scriptures as if they were true. Noah's ark, for example, if it were true is celebrated as a triumph rather than a humanitarian and ecological disaster.

    But don't we need religion to teach values? No! Anyone can teach values, after all; our schools already instruct children in behaviour, empathy, uinderstanding others and tolerance.

    Religion is devisive. Already in our schools children coming from certain faiths excuse themselves from religious teaching because it is not what they believe. They remove themselves from the collective act of worship because the worship is not to their god.

    Schools should always be about learning life skills, investigating evidence, find out about things and understanding the world we live in.

    Even the apparently more rational thinkers on this subject argue that schools should promote balanced religious debate and understanding, because school is society’s opportunity to counter and moderate the more extreme forms of indoctrination and ignorance to which people may be exposed within the family and community. To take religion out of schools would risk polarising our society by default between ignorant secularists and ‘indoctrinated’ theists.

     

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