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Is Faith limited or encouraged by education?

  1. Justin McMarshall profile image57
    Justin McMarshallposted 8 years ago

    Is Faith limited or encouraged by education?

    Religion seems to be a very important part of today's society, but are we limiting ourselves to one religion or are actually encouraging diversity of religions/faiths?

  2. J_T profile image54
    J_Tposted 8 years ago

    I believe religion is a highly cultural experience. It all depends on how you grew up and how your parents trained you. I go to a school that in general leans towards an atheistic belief. However there is a large number of Christians on campus. There are also a large number of people that would identify with a particular faith.

    I can only speak for myself and I feel that education can only aid in understanding religion, and it helps in accepting other religions, while simultaneously respecting our own. When people learn about something they are less likely to fear it because they know what it represents. I am a strange mixture of the Christian and Buddhist faiths and my dad feels that Buddhism interferes with my Christian upbringing. However due to his lack of knowledge about Buddhism he only sees it as a form of "THE DEVIL," when in reality Buddhism has no one "God" that rules all and therefore cannot conflict with Christianity.

    Education really brings about the ability to see from another perspective and I really feel that America would be a better place if the entire populace were more educated, there would be less racism, sexism, xenophobia and any other bad words you can think of. If racist white people knew that every black person doesn't go around robbing people and screaming "Bitches and hoes" then there would be less racism. If we knew that every Mexican was not a landscaper or an illegal immigrant, then we would be less inclined to make so many jokes about it.

    Education is the key to understanding, because the outcome of true education is understanding the topic!

  3. braudboy profile image60
    braudboyposted 8 years ago

    Public education has all but eliminated any possibility to have religion in schools.  It is probably why you have flourishing private school options and home school options.

  4. Dr. Gordon profile image53
    Dr. Gordonposted 8 years ago

    The answer to this question depends on the individual involved, their level of faith, and the type of education that they are receiving. I suppose it also depends on what they have faith in. It is interesting that Christians and others who believe in God are classified as having faith while the beliefs of atheists are attributed to reason. Frankly, I think that it takes a tremendous amount of faith in one's own sanity to believe that this magnificent and complex universe came about by accident. It is an incredible leap of faith to believe in some of the fanciful ideas about the origin of the world that atheists have contrived in their effort to avoid God.
    Authentic education should increase the ability for critical thinking. The educated mind should more readily absorb the reality and sense of a purposeful, meaningful life as opposed to a random, meaningless existence.

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    matt66dcposted 8 years ago

    It definitely is and it's not really an opinion, but the truth. Young children' s minds are extremely influenced by what their elders say. Everyone thinks that their religion is better then all the others, but the truth is they are all bad in there own ways. I have many of opinions on the topic of religion, and the burden it has been on mankind since the beginning. Check out my new hub.

    Mankind's Historical Burden

  6. shazz01109 profile image79
    shazz01109posted 8 years ago

    I strongly believe that religion can and should be taught in schools.  This can be taught easily without proselytizing.  If you think about it, isn't studying religion as a whole studying cultures?  What is the harm in studying what people's beliefs are, no matter what their faith is?  Because we are largely a Judeo-Christian society, it may seem that we are limiting ourselves to one religion.