The new course on religion in high school was compiled without the participation of religious figures

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The new course on religion in high school was compiled without the participation of religious figures
Moscow. September 2. INTERFAX - textbooks on the "Basics of spiritual and moral culture of the peoples of Russia" for students of grades 7 and 8 of secondary schools were written by the academic community without the involvement of religious leaders, its authors said.
"An academic approach was used, when it (the textbook - "if") is made up by specialists in the field of religious culture, and not by representatives of this culture themselves, "one of the authors of the manual, doctor of philosophy Ekaterina Elbakyan said in an interview with the newspaper"NG-Religions".
The expert noted that representatives of religions themselves "sometimes find it difficult to be completely objective", but stressed that their efforts deserve respect.
"I don't want to draw any analogies, especially for someone offensive, but I am ready to ask a rhetorical question: who should be the author of a textbook on Zoology, for example? In other words, the object of study and the subject under study do not have to coincide at all," says Elbakyan.
In her opinion, the manual must necessarily contain " impartiality (or at least the desire for it), objectivity, calm presentation of the material without value judgments, praise or condemnation, that is, not critical, but not apologetic attitude to the object of study and description."
"Actually, from a scientific point of view, religion can only be studied in this way," the scientist concluded.
This manual will be a logical extension of the subject area "Fundamentals of religious cultures and secular ethics" (ORCSE) of primary schools, through which students will be able to expand their knowledge in the field of the material passed.For more information, see the section "monitoring of print media".
Источник: http://www.interfax-religion.ru/islam/?act=news&div=75637
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