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Does God Measure Up to American Standards?

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/9780199766888.003.0002
Does God Measure Up to American Standards?

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This chapter considers the question of whether God measure up to American standards. It begins by addressing high school standards and textbooks in three major areas of the curriculum: history, economics, and science. It concludes with an assessment of the role of religion in the undergraduate curriculum. There is no overt hostility to religion in the standards or in the high school textbooks. Indeed, the history standards and texts include a good deal about religion in the context of history. However, the texts and standards also demonstrate that students need to understand virtually nothing about religion to make sense of the world here and now. Not surprisingly, there are no national religion standards; nor are there required courses in religion in public schools and universities. Indeed, in most schools, and in the majority of public universities, there are no religion courses whatsoever. Thus, it appears that God doesn't measure up to American standards.

Keywords: American public schools; American education; religion; religious studies; national standards; curriculum

Chapter.  8583 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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