If you’re reading this blog, it’s very likely that you 1) are a secular parent, and 2) want your kid to know something about matters of faith and religion.
And that, as you know, makes you a superior human being.
Because you know that only through religious literacy can we satisfy our kids’ natural curiosity, protect them from confusion and ignorance; ensure that they are given a context for religious beliefs; and instill in them a true sense of tolerance for other belief systems.
But I’m curious: What exactly do you think kids need know about religion? When you think “religious literacy,” where does your mind go? How much is enough?
There is no right answer here.
Some parents want their kids to know about as many religions as possible; others want to emphasize the religion most prevalent in their communities. Some parents aim to put religion into a historical context — teaching their children when, where, why and how religions took root. (Greek mythology is often a starting point for these folks.) Others are satisfied giving their kids basic, “street” knowledge. (That’s a cross, little guy. Jesus is said to have died on a cross.)
And it’s not just what you teach, but how much, that’s important. Do you want your kid to know what’s in the Bible, the Torah and the Qur’an — or is it enough to know that these books exist and generally what they are?
Like I said, there are no right answers. But if we plan to teach our kids about religion, even minimally, we ought to have AN answer.
So what’s yours?
Tell me in the comments below, or on Twitter (@WendyRussell), and you’ll automatically be entered to win my next holiday drawing. (Read on for details.)
So, as you may recall, last Monday I held the first in a series of Holiday Giveaways — thanks to all who participated! A winner was chosen randomly on Friday, and congratulations go to Annie L., who will receive a Heroes of Science canvas tote bag and a copy of Brendan Powell Smith’s The Christmas Story.
But it’s not over. Giveaway #2 is launching today, and this one consists of the following:
Bill Nye DVD. There are two things I can say about Bill Nye. One, he’s freaking awesome. And, two, his DVDs are oddly hard to find. So I’m making it easy for you, by giving away his DVD on evolution. I haven’t seen it and I want to, and if whoever wins this wants to turn around and send it back to me, I should like that very much.
DK Children’s Illustrated Bible. As I’ve said before, this is the best illustrated Bible I’ve ever seen. It’s appropriate for children without whitewashing the stories; and its pictures offer a more historical view of Bible history, which I love. Oh, and it’s little, so it fits nicely in a child’s hands.
The Golden Rule as Expressed by Cultures Around the World. Speaking of little, this gem of a book is short and sweet. Each page is dedicated to one version or another of the ubiquitous Golden Rule. I based one of my blogs (this one) on this particular book. It’s a great reminder of just how long we humans have been trying to treat each other as we wish to be treated — and how important it is to keep trying.
To enter, click here: http://bit.ly/17Ulo0P. Good luck, everyone!