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Religious Education and Freedom of Religion and Belief


Edited By Stephen Parker, Rob Freathy and Leslie J. Francis

What opportunities and challenges are presented to religious education across the globe by the basic human right of freedom of religion and belief? To what extent does religious education facilitate or inhibit ‘freedom of religion’ in schools? What contribution can religious education make to freedom in the modern world? This volume provides answers to these and related questions by drawing together a selection of the papers delivered at the seventeenth session of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values held in Ottawa in 2010. These reflections from international scholars, drawing upon historical, theoretical and empirical perspectives, provide insights into the development of religious education in a range of national contexts, from Europe to Canada and South Africa, as well as illuminating possible future directions for the subject.


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Foreword by Julian Stern ix Stephen Parker, Rob Freathy and Leslie J. Francis Introduction 1 Part i Historical Perspectives 5 Rob Freathy and Stephen Parker (england) 1 Freedom from Religious Beliefs: Humanists and Religious Education in England in the 1960s and 1970s 7 Lorna M. A. Bowman (canada) 2 Freedom of Religion and Publicly Funded Religious Schools in Canada 29 Dzintra Iliško (latvia) 3 Religious Freedom in a Democratic Latvia 47 Peta Goldburg (australia) 4 Religious Education: A Foundation for Freedom of Religion and Belief 61 vi Part ii Theoretical Perspectives 79 Jef f Astley (england) 5 Can We Choose our Beliefs? A Philosophical Question for Religious Education 81 Petro du Preez (south africa) 6 Toward a Curriculum for Morality, Human Rights and the Freedom of Religion(s) and Belief(s) 95 Mario O. D’Souza (canada) 7 Pluralist Societies, First Principles, and the Freedom of Religion and Belief 113 Karin Nordström (Sweden) 8 Can We Educate for Freedom? Ethical Perspectives on the Pedagogic Paradox 131 Brian Gates (England) 9 How Far is the Notion of ‘Conscience’ Redundant and ‘Consciencing’ a Better Alternative? 151 Manfred L. Pirner (germany) 10 Freedom of Religion and Belief in Religious Schools? Toward a Multi-perspective Theory 167 vii Part iii Empirical Perspectives 193 René Ferguson (south africa) 11 Communities of Practice: Encountering the Unexpected in Narratives of Religious Diversity 195 Kevin O’Grady (england) 12 Freedom of Belief for English Religious Education Pupils: Some Findings from the Warwick REDCo Community of Practice 217 Jan Grajczonek...

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