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ERIC Number: ED534915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May-21
Pages: 280
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-4158-7974-3
Commitment, Character, and Citizenship: Religious Education in Liberal Democracy. Routledge Research in Education
Alexander, Hanan A., Ed.; Agbaria, Ayman K., Ed.
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
As liberal democracies include increasingly diverse and multifaceted populations, the longstanding debate about the role of the state in religious education and the place of religion in public life seems imperative now more than ever. The maintenance of religious schools and the planning of religious education curricula raise a profound challenge. Too much state supervision can be conceived as interference in religious freedom and as a confinement of the right to cultural liberty. Too little supervision can be seen as neglecting the development of the liberal values required to live and work in a democratic society and as abandoning those who within their communities wish to attain a more rigorous education for citizenship and democracy. This book draws together leading educationalists, philosophers, theologians, and social scientists to explore issues, problems, and tensions concerning religious education in a variety of international settings. The contributors explore the possibilities and limitations of religious education in preparing citizens in multicultural and multi-religious democratic societies. This book begins with an introduction by Hanan A. Alexander and Ayman K. Agbaria. Part I, The Case for Religious Education in Liberal Democracy, contains: (1) An Inquiry into the Justification for Full-Time Religious Schools in the Liberal Democratic State (Walter Feinberg); (2) State Financial Support for Religious Schools: Issues and Models (Stephen V. Monsma); and (3) Between Memory and Vision: Schools as Communities of Meaning (Steven C. Vryhof). Part II, Religion, Education, and Unity versus Diversity in Liberal Democracy, contains: (4) Religion and Citizenship: The Prophetic Tradition and Public Reason (Kenneth A. Strike and Jeffrey K. Pegram); (5) Religious Schooling and the Formation of Character (James C. Conroy); (6) Maximal Citizenship Education and Interreligious Education in Common Schools (Siebren Miedema); (7) Judaism and Democracy--The Private Domain and Public Responsibility (Rachel Elior); and (8) Why Did You Not Tell Me About This? Religion as a Challenge to Faith Schools (Farid Panjwani). Part III, Spirituality and Morality in Religious and Democratic Education, contains: (9) Religion, Character and Spirituality: Their Conceptual Relations and Educational Implications (David Carr); (10) Religion, Reason, and Experience in Public Education (Hans-Gunter Heimbrock); (11) Competing Conceptions of Authenticity: Consequences for Religious Education in an Open Society (Hanan A. Alexander); and (12) Democratic Schooling and the Demands of Religion (Elmer John Thiessen). Part IV, Opening Up Religious Education for Democracy, contains: (13) Teaching Islam in Israel: On the Absence of Unifying Goals and a Collective Community (Ayman K. Agbaria); (14) Between Traditional Interpretation and Biblical Criticism: A Case Study of Bible Teaching in Non-Orthodox Jewish Israeli High Schools (Iris Yaniv); (15) The Contribution of Religious Education to Democratic Culture: Challenges and Opportunities (Mualla Selcuk); and (16) Constructive, Critical, and Mutual Interfaith Religious Education for Public Living: A Christian View (Jack L. Seymour).
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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