Religion in an Unexpected Place

It’s a new educational pilot program. Due to concern over an era of moral uncertainty, students will be required to take a class in religion or ethics.

Where is this “unconstitutional” program being introduced? Alabama? South Carolina? Alaska?

Nyet!  It’s Russia.

According to MSNBC the Kremlin’s plan is to introduce the program to about 12,000 schools, perhaps expanding nationwide within the next couple of years.

Despite constitutional separation of church and state found in Russia, the program gives students the choice between one of the four leading religions in Russia (Orthodox, Jewish, Islam, and Buddhism), an overview of all four, or a class in secular ethics.

Obviously this will be more educational than evangelistic, yet it is an interesting development. With the atheistic tradition of recent Russian history, allowing religion to be taught at all is almost incomprehensible. What remains to be seen is its effectiveness.

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3 thoughts on “Religion in an Unexpected Place

  1. I do think that comparative ethics/morality could be a good high school class if taught by the right person.. of course some evangelicals might yank their kids out of the class.. even if a Christian taught it.

  2. One of the reasons I have had people express to me why they don’t want religion is schools is that other religions would be taught. I have always asked them, “Which is more powerful – religions of men, or the gospel of Jesus Christ?”
    If kids can read it or hear it does it really matter what forum it is from? The Spirit of God works through His Word. We must remember He once spoke to a man through a donkey, and sometimes I think my people hear one of those every week.
    T.A.
    I did notice that Christianity was not one of the religions mentioned in the Russian list.

  3. I assume that the objective of the Russian school project is to inform the student about one or more religions rather than to evangelize. I don’t care what Russian does but I don’t want the same thing done in the US. Separation of church and state is my choice to ensure religious freedom.

    Tim A. commented that Christianity is not one of the religions offered by the Russian program. Orthodox is offered and the Russian Orthodox Church is a Christian religion.

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