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Doubts about religious education in public schooling

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Authors

Moulin, D 

Abstract

jats:pThis article considers potential problems concerning Religious Education in public (state-funded) secondary schools in England in order to inform ongoing debates about religion in public education in the United States and elsewhere. Findings of empirical studies conducted in England are discussed in relation to arguments that critique Religious Education. It is argued that Religious Education as it is currently conceived and practised in England may be problematic for religious believers because it can misrepresent and critique religions, particularly Christianity. It is also suggested that the subject may be confused in its aims and purpose because it is not based upon any theological or religious authority. It is suggested that these problems may present challenges to religious identity formation among adolescents and therefore may be a cause of concern for religious communities.</jats:p>

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Keywords

3902 Education Policy, Sociology and Philosophy, 39 Education, 50 Philosophy and Religious Studies, 5004 Religious Studies, 5005 Theology, 4 Quality Education

Journal Title

International Journal of Christianity and Education

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Journal ISSN

2056-9971
2056-998X

Volume Title

19

Publisher

SAGE Publications

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All rights reserved