posted on Jun, 1 2008 @ 09:24 PM
Originally posted by Witness2008
reply to post by bodrul
Faith is not something that can be taught..however the history of a particular religion is. Preaching should never be allowed in a school.
I disagree. From my experience, I find faith is taught, but not in the classical understandings of education.
Faith is taught through one of two means, or a combination of both. Fear of punishment, or promise of reward.
Children have very susceptible minds. They will believe almost anything you tell them if young enough. Should you introduce the idea that they will go
to hell if they don't believe in "insert god here", then they will believe through fear.
If you tell them they will go to heaven if they do believe, then they will alter their understanding of their world so that they believe.
With both those notions in place, it becomes a very hard task for a child to rid their mind of the concept of a god... they want to go to this
"heaven" place you promised them... and they really don't want to burn in hell as you threatened they would.
This is why I agree with one of the other posters... religion, of ANY form, should not be introduced until the children are of an age to decide for
themselves. 21 seems to be the best age in the US, as it's the age at which they are trusted with a few other adult materials... In Canada, I'd say
the age would have to be 19.
Age of mental maturity essentially.
Any age before that, and they won't be mature enough to make the decision for themselves.
Besides, if you believe your religion is there to teach people to remain "pure"... whats the point of teaching the innocent?