Standing on the Premises of God: The Christian Right's Fight to Redefine America's Public Schools

Standing on the Premises of God: The Christian Right's Fight to Redefine America's Public Schools

by Frederick E. Detwiler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814719147

ISBN-13: 9780814719145

Pub. Date: 12/01/1999

Publisher: New York University Press

The Christian Right is arguably the most significant social movement in the United States today. In recent years, these religious conservatives have loudly protested a public education system they believe no longer represents their interests or values.

Educators often dismiss critiques based on religious values as irrational or flimsy, failing to appreciate the

Overview

The Christian Right is arguably the most significant social movement in the United States today. In recent years, these religious conservatives have loudly protested a public education system they believe no longer represents their interests or values.

Educators often dismiss critiques based on religious values as irrational or flimsy, failing to appreciate the coherence of these criticisms from the Christian Right's own perspective. While the Christian Right has become ever more sophisticated in its lobbying and powerful in its influence, educators and parents find themselves lacking the background knowledge necessary to respond effectively to its efforts.

Standing on the Premises of God speaks directly to this dilemma, explaining current incarnations of the Christian Right, its leadership, its intellectual and theological foundations, and its tactics, so that those interested in the debates over education will be better prepared to engage them constructively.

Taking the novel approach of framing the Christian Right as a revitalization movement, Detwiler shows how it seeks to effect cultural transformation in order to bring public education-and our society more generally-in line with its worldview. His theoretical model provides insights into why education is so pivotal to the Christian Right and also assesses the religious viability of the Christian Right as a social movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814719145
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

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