A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Teaching the Kids

"We are told by a delightful expert that we ought not really teach our children about God lest we rob them of the opportunity of making their own discovery of God, and lest we corrupt their minds.

If we continue along these lines the day will come when some expert will advise us not to teach our children the English language, since we rob them of the possibility of choosing the German, French, or Japanese language as possible alternatives.

We do not get a higher type of religious idealism from children merely by withholding our own religious ideas from them, any more than we would get a higher type of civilization by letting some group of youngsters shift for themselves on a desert island.

A wise architect observed that you could break the laws of architecture provided you had mastered them first. This would apply to religion as well. Ignorance of the past does not guarantee freedom from its imperfections. Probably it assures repetition of past errors."

-Excerpts from Niebuhr's Leaves from the Notebook of a Tame Cynic

1 Comments:

At 7:29 PM , Anonymous paul martin said...

On the one hand, no religious education is no religious education; on the other hand, it would be hard to argue that relgious education has kept the world from repeating the mistakes of the past.

Maybe if humility could be part of some common core religious curriculum, so that everyone on every side of every issue who's religious wouldn't be so convinced they speak for God and can use pretty much whatever means it takes to effect "His" will...

 

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