Does religion study will make kids a better person?

@iszo07 (473)
Malaysia
May 13, 2007 11:34pm CST
I have read a research suggests that kids with parents who emphasis in religion will better behaved. Did you agree with this research? If you do, why do you think it is true?
5 responses
@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
14 May 07
No. I think that kids who are raised to respect their elders, and to have responsibilities and to accept the consequences of their actions are better behaved than other kids. Most kidstoday, even those with strict religious upbringing are not made be responsible for their actions.
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@iszo07 (473)
• Malaysia
14 May 07
Definitely. But most religion I believe will also teach about respecting elders etc. I also agree thaat strict religion may cause the kids to become confuse about life is all about.
• Canada
14 May 07
i can learn to respect my elders from my morals without religion.
@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
14 May 07
No, because the moral values are imposed. And the child has no choice here. The parents choose for him religion. The child can be strongly disagreed to study it. Or to deny the usual doctrine. So there is no garanty that the religious child is a good child. Or visa versa: the child without religious beliefs is not necessary worse.
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• Canada
14 May 07
this is the diffrence between religious study and the study of morality. scenario: an 8 year old boy hits another boy for taking his toy religious way: "dont hit that kid because god is watching you and you dont want to go to hell do you?" moral way: "how do you think that kid felt when you hit him?" "sad/hurt" "do you like that feeling?" "no" "do you think its right to give that feeling to others?" "no" etc etc... so the moral way is justifying why while the religion way is through threats (hell) or through awe (heaven) also, since morality is older than religion, i conclude that religion does not make a kid a "better person"
@iszo07 (473)
• Malaysia
15 May 07
I don't really agree. For me, the religious teaching is not just about God or heaven and hell or spiritual things. It more broaden than that. It definitely includes the teaching about the important of good moral values. So to speak, moral values are a subset of religious teaching.
• Canada
15 May 07
actually, morals, like the 10 commandments are older than all organized religion... the 10 commandments, for example, was found in the "code of hamurabi" in babylon. parts of this code traces back to mesopotamia. there was no organised religion here.
@rinaaus (1203)
• Australia
14 May 07
I think "Better Bahaved" is not only from "emphasis in religion", but also it's from the other sources such as family background; eduction; environment etc. Religion might or might not affect children's behaviour. Some children is very intelligent now, they choose what they believe and the parents can not force them to believe on what they believe on their religion.
@iszo07 (473)
• Malaysia
15 May 07
Still, we had to educate our children from the very tender age. I don't think a 7-8 years old kid have the capabilities to choose which religion they want to follow. My point is, at those age, we had to educate them the good values within the religion point of view. They will better equip when they get older. Only then, they can choose the path of their life.
• China
14 May 07
Yes,i think so.People usually do things that he or she thinks right.And religion can be useful in some meanings.
• Canada
14 May 07
nobody knows what is absolute truth or "right and wrong" example: killing for self defence stealing for food and survival abortion