Quote: Originally Posted by Twila
And that would be the problem. Whomever taught the course would, knowingly or unknowling, put their personal feelings on it. That's why there so many denominations.
That's why I'd proposed a 'sacred text as literature' course. By definition a literature course involves teaching literary analysis, not blind literalism. By definition a literature teacher does not impose his interpretation of the text but rather teaches students how to analyse litwrature for themselves.
Some people are what I would call secularly wise but religiously foolish. By that I mean that they know science, literature, etc. But as soon as it comes to their own sacred text, they blindly accept it literalky. Sure they learn secular literature in school but for whatever reason refuse to analyse religious text in the same way. A 'sacred text as literature' course would teach them that critical literary analysis applies equally to sacred text as it does to secular, so there would be no imposing an interpretation onto the students, let alone a belief.
Let's put it this way, would you rather illiterate parents teach their child a literal interpretation of the Qur'án or a literature teacher teach them how to analyse it critically. This would not be Islamphobic in the least since it would not be attacking the Qur'án but merely forcing people to analyse it more critically. If it's the true word of God, then God would appreciate a better understanding of it, and if ir's not, he would appreciate people reading it more critically. It's a win-win for everyone, not to mention fewer ISIS recruits.