To what extent is lack of knowledge about religion responsible for weird or destructive religious beliefs? If you believe that education cures all, and ignorance is always bad, I'd think religious education would be a good thing. For example, if you look at contemporary American conservative Christianity, so much of it is filled with, IMO, ignorance about the religion itself. Just look at the big issues for them: evolution, gays, abortion. None of those things were ever addressed by the founder of their religion. Do they know that? Could actual knowledge of the religion, rather than just opinions so ungrounded in knowledge that they're shaped mainly by personal prejudices and political views, moderate some of the weirdo beliefs?
Of course, I'm not talking about religious education in the sense of religious indoctrination, but rather religious history and comparative religion. So I wonder if religious people would like this. We're talking about taking an analytical look at a topic that some people think should never be analyzed.
(I first saw that article in The Washington Monthly. )