chapter  8
Religion as a Subject
WithAlan Harris
Pages 6

Teaching about religion seems an easier concept: there is the history of religions; the sociology of religions; the comparative study of religious beliefs and practices; the aesthetic study of religious texts, music and art; and the psychology of religious belief and behaviour. ME is partly concerned with the language of morality, the logic of its key concepts, the problem of establishing the ‘truth’ of moral judgements: in short, the whole problem of thinking clearly about morality. Part of the nature of religious education is to expose all religion to the light of reason so that people are free to decide for themselves whether, say, Christianity has more to offer a critically enquiring mind. Religion is not a matter of reason: it is a matter of faith, therefore any attempt to consider religion purely in the light of reason is completely missing the point of what religion is all about.