English Lit is great for leading on to a lifetime of enjoyment from the theatre and the arts. Physics and Maths enable you to understand the current developments in Astronomy and space exploration. They also make Star Trek a lot more interesting. But RE, why study something as boring as RE? There is a purpose behind religious education that should affect your daily decisions the rest of your life and it is connected with the very way we view the world. The purpose of RE is to endeavour to create in us a Christian mindset, i.e. that we begin to take into account the Church’s teaching, both social and religious, when we are making our decisions.
We need to be able to reflect upon what the Church teaches when confronted by policy and social issues surrounding us. All these questions, and they are many fold, fundamentally shape the way we live and experience life. Whether or not space and time are relative (physics) or whether Shakespeare wrote the greatest plays will not decide our attitude to our neighbour, but what you learn in RE is meant to do exactly that. Of all the subjects to take, RE will probably have the longest lasting effect on your life. As you enter adulthood and begin to take your real place in society you are going to have many decisions to make. You can either go with the flow and choose the obvious path of seeking money and prestige with a good dose of ruthless ambition thrown in, or you can say, "should consideration of God and my neighbour play any part in my decisions?"
In today's world taking God into consideration is a minority sport for oddballs and geeks. But there's something great about being odd....at least you stand out in the crowd.
Jesus stood out....2000 years later he is still the most talked of man in the world....and who could have been odder than him......He was God!