Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Stepping right into the thick of it...

Thank you, ItGirl, for this link.

I am conflicted about this issue. I think people should have at least a passing acquaintance with the bible, both the old and new testaments. I know my comprehension of art and literature would lack if I hadn't read it. (In my case, more than once, being raised the southern baptist that I was.) References to events and people in the bible are everywhere. (And if you must know, I was saved and baptized at the age of ten and at the age of twelve, I came to realize what a big bunch of crap the southern baptists were trying to teach and the harm they were doing in the process. Hello, mostly buddhist now.) I wish I could have been taught as thoroughly about the muslim, shinto, animalist, etc. religions, too.

The comparative religion class from my high school was definitely christ-centered. Mostly along the lines of - we (christians) good, them (everyone else) bad and going straight to hell in a handbasket.

If a comparative religion class could be taught, as an elective, without bias and proselytizing, it would be a good thing. But I seriously doubt that in Georgia or anywhere else in the States could that be done. Except maybe Hawaii.