An Inquiry into the Justification for Full-Time Religious Schools in the Liberal Democratic State

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Abstract

This chapter has seven parts. First, I introduce a thought experiment, and I discuss its implications for the justifications for full-time religious primary and secondary schools in the liberal state. Next, I look at six diff erent justifications for full-time religious education and find them lacking. Finally, I argue that the justification for religious education must come from liberalism itself and not from religion. I also explore the educational requirements of liberal citizenship and show how these must constrain the practices of full-time religious schools, and I examine the implications of this argument for the enablement and support of full-time religious schools in liberal societies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCommitment, Character, and Citizenship
Subtitle of host publicationReligious Education in Liberal Democracy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages17-32
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781136343483
ISBN (Print)9780415879743
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities

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