I need 3 reasons for an essay about how studying religion in school can make you a better person.  Also I need a good thesisit is for religion and i need it asap and also would like a...

I need 3 reasons for an essay about how studying religion in school can make you a better person.  Also I need a good thesis

it is for religion and i need it asap and also would like a introduction to the essay

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jmj616 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Before I answer your question, please remember that when it comes to religion, every two people have three opinions.

Now, here are some good reasons to study religion in school:

a) Whether you believe in any religion or not, religion has been and continues to be a powerful force in the life of the human race.  To ignore the study of religion would be ignore the study of centuries of history, and of much of current events. 

Today's headlines are full of Muslim terrorists, Jewish settlers in Israel, Chinese persecution of Muslims, friction between Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan, child abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church, etc., etc.

If you know nothing about religion, then you will know next to nothing about these issues.

b) A belief in a deity can be a very powerful motivation to act morally with other human beings. If there is no God, then why shouldn't I persecute you and take advantage of you IF I'M STRONG ENOUGH TO DO SO? 

c) If you are interested in literature written in English, you need to know at least a little about Christianity, with a little Judaism thrown in for taste.  Christian themes and allusions pop up all over British and American literature.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Elementary, middle, and high schools which have instruction in religion can set a framework for the purpose of education and living.   There is a sound sense of direction in these schools that public schools lack.  Values can be instilled in students in their other studies, such as literature because religious moral lessons can be tied to the narratives. 

In schools that have a religious foundation, a sense of purpose directs every course as essential in the making of a person who will live a moral and ethical life.  Of course, the study of several different religions provides students with valuable knowledge that will help them to understand and to deal with many future situations. One example of how ignorance of other religions is detrimental to effective action and communication was exemplified back in the Carter administration when the mother of one of the Iranian hostages pleaded to the Iranians in the "name of the Lord."  This plea probably incensed the captors all the more.

In accord with the previous post, a knowledge of Bible stories and passages is essential to the study of European and American literature.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my experience, studying religion in school has several advantages. 

1.  It helps create and solidify a world view which can be carried with one into life after high school.  Having a clear sense of what you believe and why you believe it is a foundation on which to build everything else.

2.  It provides a connection between the physical and the spiritual.  Too often we trust and believe only in what we can see; religious instruction helps make clear such elements as faith and miracles.

3.  It reminds students that life isn't all about them--something we all need to remember at every stage of our lives.  Serving others, putting others before ourselves, is a great way to be a better friend, citizen, employee, student, and whatever other things we are or will become.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
For me, the question is why school? What advantage is there to studying in school? Schools are not religious institutions. I think you will be able support your side, as long as you come up with specific reasons why it needs to be in school and not only outside if.