Religion In Schools: Controversies Around The World by R. Murray ThomasReligion In Schools: Controversies Around The World by R. Murray Thomas

Religion In Schools: Controversies Around The World

byR. Murray Thomas

Hardcover | April 30, 2006

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Many Americans may believe that religion in the schools is a controversial subject only in the United States. But around the world, the subject has gained widespread notoriety, media coverage, and attention from governing bodies, school administrations, and individuals. In France, conflict erupted when a young girl wore a headscarf to her school; the government there got involved to reassert the "rule" that no outward display of religion will tolerated. In India, a panel was appointed to remove Hindu religious beliefs from high-school textbooks. In Pakistan, the government passed a law to make the curriculum of Islamic religious schools more secular in its approach. Here in the United States, debates abound regarding the Pledge of Allegiance, the posting of the Ten Commandments, prayer in school, and other familiar arguments. But why do these controversies exist? What prompts them? Why do particular conflicts arise, and what attempts are made to deal with them? How have solutions fared? How are the controversies in one country similar to or different from those in another? In Religion in Schools, R. Murray Thomas uses case examples from twelve countries around the world, covering all regions of the world and all the major religions, to examine and answer these questions. He reveals the complexities of the conflicts, and shows what brought them about. For example, in France, the conflicts often arise out of that nation's desire to remain intensely secular. Using case examples and applying a uniform approach to analyzing each country's particular focus on religion and education, he is able to show what these conflicts have in common, how well solutions have worked, and what may lie ahead.
Title:Religion In Schools: Controversies Around The WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 9.64 × 6.56 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 2006Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275990613

ISBN - 13:9780275990619

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Editorial Reviews

"[H]ighly valuable as a resource work for students interested in making their own analyses of the topic....The cases treated in the book are so fascinating and rich that one could hope for a set of twelve books elaborating on each in a more lively, interdisciplinary style."-Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith