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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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Jef f Astley is Honorary Professorial Fellow in Practical Theology and Christian Education at Durham University, UK, and an Anglican priest. For over thirty years he has been the Director of the ecumenical North of England Institute for Christian Education. He is the author or editor of over thirty-five books on Christian education, practical theology or religious faith, including The Philosophy of Christian Religious Education, Theological Perspectives on Christian Formation, Ordinary Theology, Exploring God-Talk, the SCM Studyguide to Christian Doctrine and Teaching Religion, Teaching Truth (also published with Peter Lang). Lorna M. A. Bowman, EdD (Columbia University) is Professor of Religious Studies and former Academic Dean, Brescia University College at The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. She is past president of the Association of Professors & Researchers in Religious Education and of the Religious Education Association. Her research inter- ests include the history of women, religion and education and Catholic education in Canada including an educational biography of Gerald Emmett Carter in the Christian Educators of the 20th Century Project. Mario O. D’Souza, CSB, is a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Congregation of St Basil. He is Dean of Theology at the University of St Michael’s College, Toronto, where he also holds the Basilian Fathers Chair in Religion and Education. He is an associate member of the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto and cross-appointed to the School of Theory and Policy Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He has...

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