Tweeter Atheist Republic asks a sensible question
Do you think religions would survive if instead of teaching one religion, children were taught the basics of all religions old and new?
I’d add one further point.
Do you think religions would survive if instead of teaching one religion, children were taught
- the basics of all religions and mythological systems old and new (to see their similarities and differences); and
- the secular and psychological meaning and importance of ritual (to grasp that rituals giving meaning to life and existence can just as readily be secular); and
- that religion itself is simply “an early form of philosophy” (to understand that these “first attempts to explain the universe, to give a coherent frame of reference to man’s life and a code of moral values” can be done without resort to faith)?
So, would religions survive, do you think?
And what else do you think might develop?
UPDATE: Relevant, from history’s first great female philosopher:
"Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them."
~ Hypatia, 4th Century A.D.