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dbmamaz
03-07-2013, 12:49 PM
So, we're doing the Intellego unit study on world religion. it goes in alphabetical order. in my lesson planning, i've gotten to christianity. so far, she has assigned reading almost the entire BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/), and watching a 4 hour video (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/watch/). I cant help but think there are more interesting ways to introduce the concepts of christianity than that? Orion reads at an adult level . . . but this stuff seems so dry. I'm trying to figure out of the wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity) might be easier to read than the bbc site?

any ideas?

note, Orion has been raised pretty much athiest . . . meaning he knows just about nothing about christianity.

inmom
03-07-2013, 02:06 PM
Probably not much of a help, but an interesting read. My kids are also doing a comparative religion study (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity). They'll be reading through (well, dd already has) Good Book by David Plotz. (Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible: David Plotz: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Good-Book-Hilarious-Disturbing-Marvelous/dp/B007K4JFKU)).

Be forewarned: It is very irreverent and most definitely NOT a little kid read. Here is the book description:

At a time when wars are fought over scriptural interpretation, when the
influence of religion on American politics has never been greater, when many
Americans still believe in the Bible’s literal truth, it has never been more
important to get to know the Bible. Good Book is what happens when a
regular guy—an average Job—actually reads the book on which his religion,
his culture, and his world are based. Along the way, he grapples with the most
profound theological questions: How many commandments do we actually need? Does
God prefer obedience or good deeds? And the most unexpected ones: Why are so
many women in the Bible prostitutes? Why does God love bald men so much? Is
Samson really that stupid?

However, my kids have also been raised atheist. I find this is a less painful, yet more truthful, way to introduce them to the bible literature. All I ever heard in Sunday School were the happy, happy stories. Plotz shows just how much violence and evil are in the Bible.

gypsylovecircus
03-07-2013, 02:16 PM
Okay, this may be far off from what you want, but because I like to show all sides to my kids I love using documentories such as Religulous by Bill Maher. It teaches a bit about several major religions, while basically debunking them all. Very liberal, and not your everyday teaching tool, but good to use if you want to teach how to think and question beliefs (your own as well as others).

Bill Maher's 'Religulous' - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHH2JItePlc)

Jen Law
03-07-2013, 02:40 PM
I remember in our religious ed classas in school we studied people of different faiths and looked at how their religion shaped their lives. I tink for Christianity we stidied some athletes and Billy Graham, for Hunanism we studied John Lennon (I think the intro was to listen to imagine and analyse the lyrics) and for Rastafarianism we listened to a lot of Bob Marley (we learned about Exodus, Babylon whe he refered to himself as I and I About Jah all from lyrics.

Tanuki
03-17-2013, 05:35 PM
I absolutely adore Bill Moyers, who has brought out series such as "Faith and Reason" and held interviews with wonderful people such as Joseph Campbell ("Power of Myth", amongst other books). Not dry at all!! I discovered J. Campbell and B. Moyers while working on a paper for school in the 11th grade. Good good times. To this day, whenever I'm in a funk, I'll listen to one of Bill Moyers' interviews....that wakes me up!

laundrycrisis
03-17-2013, 05:41 PM
Probably not much of a help, but an interesting read. My kids are also doing a comparative religion study (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity). They'll be reading through (well, dd already has) Good Book by David Plotz. (Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible: David Plotz: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Good-Book-Hilarious-Disturbing-Marvelous/dp/B007K4JFKU)).

On my wish list - thanks !

inmom
03-17-2013, 05:46 PM
I absolutely adore Bill Moyers, who has brought out series such as "Faith and Reason" and held interviews with wonderful people such as Joseph Campbell ("Power of Myth", amongst other books). Not dry at all!! I discovered J. Campbell and B. Moyers while working on a paper for school in the 11th grade. Good good times. To this day, whenever I'm in a funk, I'll listen to one of Bill Moyers' interviews....that wakes me up!

Wow, this is a great resource, especially for my atheist/agnostic teens studying religions and faith. Thanks for letting us know.

KittyP
03-18-2013, 02:42 AM
If you know a Christian who would not be offended and you trust not to try converting your daughter, perhaps set up an interview. I remember doing this in high school and I loved it. It was a very different reading about the religion and actually talking to someone who practiced it. It's kind of a toss up whether you can find someone who would be game and you would be comfortable with.

winter
03-24-2013, 03:04 PM
Is it a requirement to study Christianity?