My daughter is finishing sixth grade at a school that teaches world religions to middle schoolers. This year, they studied Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam. Christianity (Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant) comes next year. The program is wonderful, designed by a passionate young teacher who is working on her Ph.D. in religious studies at the University of Virginia. The children learn about world culture, politics, geography and history through the lens of religious beliefs and practices.
For fun, I wanted to share one of her final exam questions: “If Buddha, Shiva, Muhammad and Moses all had dinner together, what do you think they would talk about? Write a creative dialogue between these four religious figures. Each should speak at least once and his words should show an understanding of his beliefs.”
How would you answer? What do you think Buddha, Shiva, Muhammad and Moses might talk about?