But I certainly won't be getting them any religious education while they're minds are still so malleable.
I've never told my children that a god either does or doesn't exist
Quote:To the contrary Wilso it's best exactly then before their minds are setBut I certainly won't be getting them any religious education while they're minds are still so malleable.
Of course I don't mean indoctrination, just exposure to various religious notions as a sort of philo aside
Quote:I'd suppose one might acknowledge his own belief or lack thereof but also carefully exposing the kid to contrary ideasI've never told my children that a god either does or doesn't exist
So a parent who teaches religion to his child is ignorant or fanatical?
dalehileman wrote:Quote:And philo too BranReligion should be taught in religion class, not science class.
What good has Philosophy ever done the human race?
Religious studies should be taught at school, so young people have basic knowlege regarding most religions.
Religion should be taught at home or in the family place of worship...
Why does religion hold this place that it should be introduced to children?
Quote:'Cause when they get a little older, Wil, they form a mindset. Earlier introduction to a range of ideas promotes a more flexible futureWhy does religion hold this place that it should be introduced to children?
The question I would pose is WHY? Why does religion hold this place that it should be introduced to children?
Wilso wrote:The question I would pose is WHY? Why does religion hold this place that it should be introduced to children?
I assume Australia is multicultural, and that your child won't be existing purely in a group who think as you do. It's important to understand how people who believe differently from yourself think, and what is important to them. Otherwise you run the risk of ghettoising society, where different groups don't mix and view each other with mistrust.
My outlook was similar to that expressed by Wilso. Except, I did not shield the children from exposure to religion, but I never broached it at all, until they came to me. I told them I did not believe in such things, but they were free to go to church and learn religion if they wanted to.
Science, including evolution, and religious belief does not mix. However, Creationism could conceivably be taught about in a comparative religion class.
GrAm (or is it DL), I've felt without much hope that philo and relig ought to be taught starting in grade school
Quote:That depends of course on what one means by "supernatural." I see the Big Bang and evolution as perfectly natural processes though of course there's a lot we don't understand about eitherWe must save our children from foolish belief in the supernatural.
So as an apodictical existential pantheist I view the Universe as Her body and all the activity therein as Her thought. Completely free of from the contradiction and paradox of dualism this view might satisfy both the atheist and ardent canonist, attachment of the term "God" being entirely arbitrary
Quote:Very pertinent observation but as I said I don't offer much prospectIf the U.S. fails to educate it’s children properly ….. --- the U.S. will shrink it’s economy and power…...
Religion should be taught in religion class, not science class.