Is it legal to teach religious beliefs as facts in the UK?
AnswerReligious beliefs are taught as facts all around the world, including in the United Kingdom. Whether those beliefs are Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu or so on, it is up to the faithful whether to accept those 'facts' as true. There is unlikely to be legal issue, as long as the participants are aware that it is religion that is being taught, and not science, medicine or some other such topic. Of course, there are necessary restrictions on religion being taught as part of a school syllabus.
It is important that children have an understanding of the world and the different religious beliefs within it. Furthermore, children teachers teach may come from a range of different religious backgrounds and it is important that children have this understanding of other people's religious beliefs as well as their own.
Is it legal to bring in people from different religions to teach and test your children over their beliefs?
In public schools, Creationism can be taught as part of comparative religion, or cultural classes or the like. Since so many people believe that the world was created by God, it is proper to allow children to hear about this subject. See also: Is there evidence for Creation? Can you show that God exists? Seeing God's wisdom
Is it the job of teachers and professors to try to protect a student's religious beliefs when it conflicts with the teaching?
I've always felt that the best teachers are those that remain objective and unbiased. When it comes to religious beliefs no one can absolutely prove or disprove them. A well rounded teacher would present arguments for many different points of view and not try to influence his students to his own opinions. If you are teaching a diverse group of people, the way you educate should be catered to them, not the teacher's views. But…
That is up to each individual Catholic and Witness. As religious institutions, the beliefs are quite different in most respects from each others. Jehovah's Witnesses are willing to teach people of all religious backgrounds what the Bible really teaches, so in that sense we are friends to all we meet. Additionally, we do not try to interfere with the way other people choose to worship. The same cannot be said for the religious leaders of…
Most religions teach their followers that they should be evangelical and try and spread their religion/beliefs to others so that they too can be saved. One way of doing this is to set up a mission where local people can get medical or schooling help and services and while the people are using these to expose them to the religious beliefs of the mission.
Emmet Fox uses the essential teaching of Jesus as the basis of his own metaphysical teaching. He does not teach doctrine, theology or traditions. He tries to distill the universal truths from Christ's teaching, exclusive to any religious beliefs, including Christianity. As he says, Christian did not form a new religion, and in fact challenged religious thinking with it's Focus on Material representations of the spiritual things of God.
How do you handle a situation where there are different kinds of religions amongst learners in your class and what kind of problems can one encounter?
Unless you teach in a private religious school, in some jurisdictions you can encounter legal problems if you attempt to teach or practise a particular religion in the classroom, for example by beginning the class with a prayer. This is even the case if all the children follow exactly the same religious beliefs. If you are teaching comparative religion, you may encounter misunderstanding, whereby some of your pupils could assume you will be highlighting your…
A: Generally no. Just as the pagan Romans considered Christianity a mere superstition when they first made contact with Christians, so did European explorers typically regard the beliefs of people they met as mere superstitions. Every effort was made to teach the people Christianity. Force was sometimes used, but in other cases ridicule of the ancient beliefs could be just as effective.
If the question is about public schools in the United States, then the answer must be that it would be illegal to require the study of a religious belief, except as part of a Comparative Religions syllabus in which Hoffman's views are counterbalanced by views on other religions, particularly non-Jewish, non-Christian faiths.
The cave paintings of Europe were long thought to have been simply art, or perhaps to teach the young about nature. However, some archaeologists now say that the positioning of each painting in relation to others and to the sun at the time of the winter solstice, is strong evidence that they were used as part of religious rituals 30,000 years old. If such sophisticated religious symbolism existed 30,000 years ago, it ought to be…
New France Was settled because in the early 1600's the French claimed this area. Since it was cold not many settlers lived here accept the men and boys that were trading furs at fur trading posts like Quebec. Missionaries were also throughout New France. Missionaries are people that teach there own religious beliefs to other people who have different beliefs.