Controversial Song of the Day: “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M
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I was baptized when I was younger…then when I got to college I was convinced that I wanted to be Buddhist. I was never very religious to begin with. So, when I learned about the other religions besides Christianity that were out there, I wanted to explore. Me and Pam settled on Buddhism and even bought the little statues and a book to teach us what to do. Now, we’re considering transcendental meditation. It’s not like we don’t believe in God–we just struggle with religion and what it all means (mainly because we disagree with so many things that Christians often tell us is wrong–i.e. homosexuality and only eating fish on Fridays).
If we still struggle with religion and what it means in our daily lives, then imagine how teens may feel. I teach several teenagers who are adamant about their faith, and I think that is wonderful, Yet, I also know a huge group of teens who battle with their religion and figuring out if it truly should be a defining factor of their lives. And as a side note, not all of these teens that I speak of are Christians.
I don’t think there are enough novels for young adults that deal with religion, yet the ones that do are often glossed over because the topic of religion is one of those things that no one wants to touch.
Here are some novels that are brave enough to discuss religion:
*Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
*The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
*Bestest. Ramadan. Ever by Medeia Sharif
*Faking Faith by Josie Bloss
*Strange Relations by Sonia Levitin
Does your novel deal with or incorporate religion? Do you think faith is something that teens find important?