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Complications, Concerns, and Clarifications

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/9780199766888.003.0008
Complications, Concerns, and Clarifications

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This chapter has two main tasks. The first is to acknowledge a complication. It says something about academic freedom and resolves a potential tension between the positions taken in Chapters 5 and 6 on the one hand, and Chapter 7 on the other. The question is whether teachers have the right to take sides in matters of religion. The First Amendment would seem to forbid this, yet the logic of liberal education might seem to require it (at least sometimes), and academic freedom would seem to protect it (at least sometimes). Second, the chapter addresses some of the most common concerns loosely clumped together under a number of headings: the concerns of religious conservatives, the concerns of religious liberals, the concerns of atheists, and, finally, practical concerns (often coming from teachers and administrators).

Keywords: academic freedom; religion; religious education; liberal education; American education; religious conservatives; religious liberals

Chapter.  9881 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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