Religion and children

By Shadee Ashtari Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.

Religion and children

For the past few months, the museum has taken on yet another potentially controversial subject: We knew when we started planning this that not many places are willing to even tackle a conversation about religion, and so it would be challenging. We wanted on the one hand to talk about religion without telling people what they should believe or even that they should believe.

It follows Religion and children and families of several faiths as they participate in religious pilgrimages and rituals. In addition to covering religious history and culture, the exhibit explores contemporary beliefs and practices, topics rarely addressed by other museums, especially those for children.

We wanted children to not only understand what they maybe learn in Sunday school, but to also know why the girl down the block dresses the way she does, why that boy in school was off for the holiday he was off for.

What people believe and how they practice what they believe influences what people do all over the world, and it influences the people in your neighborhood.

Can you say that with me? Buddhist monks created a mandalaan intricate geometric design made from multicolored grains of sand. In the Buddhist tradition, mandalas are eventually destroyed as a demonstration of the impermanence of life.

As a result of immigration, experts say in the last 50 years the US has become one of the most religiously diverse countries in history. Inwe opened up the door to people from every country, every religion, every tradition, every culture, and that has created a vibrant period of American life.

Prominent religion scholar Raymond Williams from Wabash College headed an interfaith group of advisors for the exhibit. He says fear and ignorance are why more education is needed.

You can't build a democracy or a free society or a civic life on fear and hatred. It has to be built on knowledge and hope. But there are not a lot of forums where they can learn about other religions. Rabbi Sandy Sasso, director of religion, spirituality and the arts at Butler University, was another advisor.

Some public schools are teaching about religion, although rarely at the elementary level. Other curriculums have generated controversy because of parental fears that they favor one religion or are too critical of another.

It may be tricky, but experts say religion can successfully be addressed in a public arena, as long as constitutional prohibitions against advancing a particular religion are strictly followed. Public schools, government cannot teach or force people into a religious belief or practice.

She argues the topic can, and should, be addressed at a very early age. All children have an innate spirituality, and they like to ask the big questions. She strongly believes children are able to handle even difficult themes like the Holocaust. She says that includes looking at commonalities between faiths, but not shying away from the differences.

And it is in acknowledging our differences and celebrating those differences that we come to better understand one another and ultimately live together in a more harmonious way.

The goal of mutual understanding is why teachers from Trinity Lutheran School in Indianapolis brought their students to the Sacred Journeys exhibit. If we come from a place of understanding where other people come from, it helps us to be able to work together, to help improve society and all the things that we find important to us.

If the big questions of my life are addressed by my faith, then how can I not want to understand those questions and how people grapple with them in other faiths? Education, Sasso says, helps counter stereotypes about others that are often highlighted in the media. If children have not learned anything about Islam or about Judaism, then how are they going to respond to that?

They have no basis in which to counter those statements. We sort of went into this expecting the worst might happen, that people would not be willing to learn about others' faiths. We know from our evaluations that the conversations continue once the families go home. After the exhibit closes later this month, it will travel to the Mayborn Museum at Baylor University.

Several other museums across the country have contacted officials here asking for advice about how they, too, can tackle religion.Religion and gods play an important role in how many parents raise their children.

Even parents who aren't very ardent in their faith and don't go to religious worship services very often seem to believe that religion is a vital component in any upbringing.

This is not justified, however. Oct 19,  · Signs of the uptick in interest in children’s religion books can be seen in Westminster John Knox’s new children’s imprint, Flyaway Books, launched in Children and religion Influence of religion on children and their rights.

Nearly 86% of the world’s population is religious, including all religions. In numerous countries, religion guides social behavior and plays a significant role in daily life, including for children.

Religion and children

Definition of religion. A religion is a group of beliefs and rituals. (The religious children were all from Christian families, from a variety of denominations.) In one study, the researchers read realistic stories and fantasy tales to the kids.

Presented with realistic, religious, and fantastical stories, children were then asked whether they thought the story was real or fictional. Researchers found that “[c]hildren with a religious. Jul 21,  · Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.

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