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Originally posted by jupiter869
Should we start using the bible as a text book in the classroom?
Originally posted by Flange Gasket
I think it is better that the state not involve itself in teaching children which God to worship, but I do see the merits in teaching children about the Bible.
Originally posted by dragn
My question would be what class would you teach it in? Science? History? *This is about as sarcastic as I can get*
The only option would be to create a new class for religion. If the Bible is going to be taught, then how about the Quran, the Kami of Shintoism, or to take it a step further in the interst of fairness, the seven sacred writings of the Church of Satan.
If one is allowed into the classroom, shouldn't all be? If people really want to learn about the bible, there's a place for it, it's called church.
Originally posted by Thorfinn Skullsplitter
How about no...end of story...
Originally posted by Amuk
Should they also teach them about, devil worship, hinduism, Judism, the Koran, wicca,etc?
If they teach one they have to teach at the least the Major ones
Should the Bible be used as a textbook in schools?
Originally posted by Off_The_Street
If you're a History or English or Anthropology major, you must study the Bible, because it (and I'm talking the KJV here) is basic to the study of those disciplines.
Not that the Bible is true history, of course; it isn't. But it does provide interesting correlations that can help us 'fill in the blanks' of early history of nomadic tribes in that area.
As far as English -- from either a literaty or linguistic point of view -- all I can say is that, as an example of 16th century literature, the KJV matches Shakespeare and Marlowe and surpasses anything else written in the English language during that time.
And from a linguistic point of view, the Bible's a wonderful textbook on the evolution (uh-oh!) of the English language; and, if enough people who read and quoted the Bible actually knew a bit about the history of English language, it would get rid of that silly "but it says 'thou shalt not kill'!" argument against wars, just or otherwise.
Anthropology? It is the most commonly-read and understood of the world's creation-myths, since it tends to subsume both the Jewisn and Muslim accounts;and has a heck of a lot more relevance to everyday activities today that either Shinto's view of Amaterasu-o-mi-kami or the Mayan Popul Vuh.
When we ignore the Bible -- even leaving religion out of it, if we may -- we end up impoverishing ourselves from a literary, historical, anthropological and who-knows-else what aspect.