John Wycliff stirred up controversy in teaching the freedom of religious conscience of the individual believer, who stood in faith directly before God in 1370. Wycliff's followers, contemptuously called "Lollards," preached reform in England. Also, Wycliff's movement made much of the bible available to the masses in its English translation from the Vulgate. This gave the people a more personal relationship with God because they could educate themselves by reading the word. The church did not like this nor did they like Wycliff's movement.
The Puritans found it necessary to educate every child for a variety of reasons. Morgan narrows down the reason to a simple point, “so that everyone would be able to see for himself in the Bible what opportunities for salvation God offered to man and what sins He forbade”(Morgan 71). The Puritans used mainly two texts to teach small children, first the bible... ... middle of paper ... ...r the Puritans it also lead to fear among citizens of the next Native attack. This eroded the trust of the leaders and thus their power. Both expansion and greed were results of the Puritan belief that success was given to them by God and should continue to be fought for.
As the printing press was created, it made it easier for people to get copies of the Bible, the holy book of the Catholic Church, to learn and read. They wanted to be able to read the Bible so people can truly understand the history of the Catholic Church. After reading the Bible, many people began to criticize the Catholic Church and its beliefs and did not really trust what the Catholic Church said. They felt what the church taught was not what was in the Bible and this led to the Reformation. The Reformation was a religious revolution that caused more people to be more educated.
“Far more than the mere teaching of facts, true education concerns itself with establishing beliefs and values” (Salter 176). Many supporting citizens of organized prayer believe religion can help better a student by their educational potentials, level of education achieved, and attendance. Students who are raised under religious families will have a stronger attitude towards school. Parents who raise their children with a religious foundation want public schools to reinforce and model moral values taught at home (Haynes and Berkowitz 144). Having organized prayer allows religion to set morals and instruct discipline giving students a stronger ou... ... middle of paper ... ...es Should Not Be Offered in Public Schools.” Opposing Viewpoints: Religion in America.
Our forefathers intended for religion to be a part of our daily lives; many aspects in our society have traces to faith and religion. They incorporated God in many things such as dollar bills and government documents. Although America proclaims to be a nation that lives according to the well-known saying, “In God We Trust”, America has transitioned into a secular nation abandoning Christianity roots. God was the foundation of America when it was being established. Religion is essential to life and America has begun distancing itself from it.
As the years went on, various groups formed in hopes of beginning to fix the ails of the American nation. Originally, the Religious Right began its push from the peripheral parts of American society. Using books, schools, and preaching was their way in, based on the general impression that their beliefs were not welcome in politics. Around mid-century, the Religious Right found its base for entering the political sphere- two issues still at the very core of their movement today- the removal of Bibles in schools and the Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion (Hicks). Many groups, activists, and organizations contribute to this collective known as the Religious Right.
Granted the extremists have caused the violence, but how did they (the extremists) get the mindset that their religion is superior to others? We need to start teaching about religion early in school to discourage religious intolerance and to inform the youth about the other religions all over the world. First of all, we should look at the positives of informing young students about all religions. Teaching them (the students) about religion at a young age will give them a greater thought about how big the world is while also teaching them that it is okay if another person does not agree with their own personal beliefs. Ultimately that is the goal, however it isn’t that easy.
Priests like Martin Luther argued that the Roman Catholic Church had misinterpreted the Bible and that people were meant to read and understand the Bible for themselves. Education became an important part of religion and obtaining salvation. The elite and Church members were now joined by the average person. Schools started to grow in numbers now that education became a part of life and people were eager to learn. These movements forever changed the abilities of the average man and gave people the opportunity to gain power from knowledge.
The government made its stand on this issue through the separation of church and state. Not only were theological teachings left out of the school curriculum, but also, so were the morals that went along with these teachings. This is how I feel the issue of teaching morals and ethics to today's children should be dealt with in America. There must be a complete overhaul of the school system we have in place, or a remarkable change of heart of many people whom have been fighting for centuries over minor differences in religious teachings. Otherwise, there will be no other way to ensure that children in America are growing up with a sense of values, which will allow them to make a difference in tomorrow's world.
The movement help fuel the United States become an international power and help secure its economic strength. It brought about laws aimed at relieving these problems and improving society. Even though it resulted in increased government regulation, the regulation was needed to modernize America.