Religious Education in a Pluralist Society: The Key Philosophical Issues


This book discusses the philosophical issues underlying the teaching of religious education, and the conflict between religion and democratic values; it scrutinises religious education programmes in the UK, USA and Australia, and evaluates their effectiveness.

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This book discusses the philosophical issues underlying the teaching of religious education, and the conflict between religion and democratic values; it scrutinises religious education programmes in the UK, USA and Australia, and evaluates their effectiveness.

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Editorial Reviews

Hobson (education, U. of New England, Armidale, Australia) and Edwards (Catholic Education Office, Sydney) set out philosophical underpinnings for the study and teaching of religion in liberal, pluralist societies such as Britain, the US, and Australia. They explore such issues as the truth status of religious statements and the moral acceptability of religious claims. They intend their account to be accessible to readers without philosophical training. The glossary does not indicate pronunciation. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780713040395
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/30/1999
  • Series: Education Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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Theology- " In advocating an intelligent, philiosophical understanding of religious education, this book offers valuable insights applicable to the reality of today"s RE classrooms."

Comparative Education, Vol 36, No 1, 2000

"This robustly thoughtful book tackles without flinching the main philosophical issues which confront religious education in Great Britain, the USA and Australia today. It is not an easy read. Bur the extent of the authors" background knowledge, their liberality of mind and the clarity of their exposition make the effort worthwhile."

Resource, Vol 23, No 3, Summer 2000

"Religious Education in a Pluralist Society is quite simply the most important book on religious education to have been published in recent years. With remarkable precision, Hobson and Edwards tread a path beyond the conservative-progressive impasse that is so much a feature of current debate. ... The end product is a philosophical justification of contemporary religious education that stands head and shoulders above its rivals. ... A persuasive and stimulating vision of the future of religious education."

The Journal of Educational Thought - " This is a well written, well thought-out book about teaching religion in public schools...there is much benefit to be gained in perusing its pages, if only to become convinced that the avoidance of teaching religious education in schools severly short-changes students. These authors do a commendable job of arguing the case for a pedagogically-sound inclusion of religious education in today"s schools."

Journal of Beliefs and Values

"This is a good guide to the philosophical debate about religious education in the schools and offers a carefully articulated and clearly reasoned position.

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