Chapter

Introduction

Warren A. Nord

in Does God Make a Difference?

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199766888
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895038 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766888.003.0000
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins by presenting reasons for taking religion seriously in public schools and universities. It argues that because religion continues to be such an influential force for good and for evil one simply can't be an educated person without understanding a fair amount about it. Even more important, because we disagree so deeply about the merits of various religious and secular ways of making sense of the world and our lives, students must be introduced to the religious as well as the secular alternatives if they are to think critically. The chapter then discusses the concepts of God and religion. Finally, it presents three somewhat different sets of tensions and conflicts embodied in our culture wars that must be kept in mind when thinking about the role of God and religion in education.

Keywords: American education; public schools; religious studies; God; religion

Chapter.  5493 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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