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Religion and Nationhood

Insider and outsider perspectives on Religious Education in England
Ed. by Brian Gates

[Religion und nationale Identität. Innen- und Außensichten auf den Religionsunterricht in England.]

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Religion is both too dangerous and too important to be left to any single belief community, academic association or political group. The challenges of secularity and competing belief systems require attention within the curriculum of every public school. The authors of this volume examine how this might be realized globally.
Religion is both too dangerous and too important to be left to any single belief community, academic association or political group. The challenges of secularity and competing belief systems require attention within the curriculum of every state school. The authors of this volume, more than thirty authoritative practitioners and scholars, illuminate the context for religion in public education nationally and globally. Their principal focus is on Religious Education in England, with its distinctive matrix of Christianity, plurality of beliefs and secularity. The complementary attention to RE provision in eight other countries and within Europe is revealing of each and a source for comparative comment on the 'English approach'. Religion is understood universally as referring to the deepest meanings which we have generated to live with, both individually and collectively. The peculiarity of England with a constitutional monarchy and established church is identified as an enabling feature for understanding, inclusivity and openness rather than separation and mutual ignorance, but that RE is threatened by government inattention.
Survey of contents
Brian Gates: Introduction

Brian Gates: The Religious Education Council of England & Wales – Julie Grove: Agreed Syllabuses, SACREs and their national association – Alan Brown: A Church of England perspective – Peter Ward: A Roman Catholic perspective – Sarah Lane Cawte: A Free Churches perspective

Other Religious perspectives:
Angela Gluck: Jewish – Nasima Hassan: Muslim – Rasamandala Das: Hindu – Ranvir Singh: Sikh – Phra Nicholas Thanissaro: Buddhist – Stephen Vickers: Baha'l – Harshad Sanghrajka: Jain – Malcom M Deboo: Zoroastrian – James Holt: Mormon – Mike Stygal: Pagan

Richy Thompson: A Humanist perspective
Paul Weller: The emerging inter faith context in society & RE – Dennis Bates: Key exponents in developing RE theory & practice – Barbara Wintersgill/Alan Brine: Government national agencies for inspection & curriculum development in RE – John Keast: Assessing Achievement in RE – John Gay: The training of RE teachers and the role of the Church college trusts in supporting them – Jeff Astley: Researching the field of Christian Education – Bernd Schröder: A perspective from Continental Europe

Global perspectives:
Anna Halafoff: Australia – Bruce Maxwell/Sivane Hirsch: Canada – Asher Maoz: Israel – Vishalache Balakrishnan: Malaysia – Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady/Marc Wisnosky: Russia – René Ferguson: South Africa – Sahin & Yildiz Kizilabdullah: Turkey – Emile Lester: USA

Brian Gates: Concluding Reflections
Authors/Editors

Brian Gates Born 1942; studied Theology, Social Ethics and Education at Oxford, Yale and Cambridge; 1975–2001 head of the Department of Religion and Ethics at St Martin's College; 1984–90 and 2002–11 Chair of the RE Council of England & Wales; 1999 Appointed Professor, now Emeritus at the University of Cumbria.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Rundschau — 83 (2018), S. 52–55 (Bernd Schröder)