Does God Make a Difference? Taking Religion Seriously in Our Schools and Universities

ISBN-10: 0199766886
ISBN-13: 9780199766888
Edition: 2010
Authors: Warren A. Nord
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Description: Most public schools avoid teaching their students about religion, and university students must enroll in religious studies courses in order to learn about it. Warren Nord shows that these practices are not religiously neutral; in fact, they border  More...

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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/10/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Most public schools avoid teaching their students about religion, and university students must enroll in religious studies courses in order to learn about it. Warren Nord shows that these practices are not religiously neutral; in fact, they border on secular indoctrination. Nord uses an examination of textbooks to make a case for the study of religion in schools and universities, and explains how such study came to be neglected. He makes a number of arguments for taking religion seriously in the curriculum: most importantly, that a liberal education and critical thinking require it, as does moral education. There are also civic reasons for taking religion seriously, and constitutional religious neutrality requires it. What is to be done? Nord proposes a two-part solution to the problem. First, he argues for a required religion course in both high schools and universities. Second, he contends that religion must become a field within secondary education. He concludes by showing how religion could be taken seriously within the main subject areas of the curriculum. Nord's goal is not just to understand conflicts in our culture wars, but to propose a solution that is theoretically sound and practical and can be implemented by incremental steps in the right direction.

Introduction
Problems
Does God Still Matter at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century?
Does God Measure Up to American Standards?
The Secularization of American Education
Problems
Solutions
Liberal Education
Moral, Existential, and Civic Arguments
Constitutional Considerations
Complications, Concerns, and Clarifications
Implications
The Basics
Taking Religion Seriously across the Curriculum
Religion and Science Courses
Religion and Moral Education
Conclusions
Notes
Index

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