Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table

Articles from Spring

Beyond Informed Citizens: Who Are 'The Wise'?
INTRODUCTION Since the early 1990's, there has been "an explosion of interest in the concept of citizenship among political theorists." (1) Taking for granted a large measure of justice in the basic institutions constituting a liberal democracy,...
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Religion, Education and the Role of Government in Medieval Universities: Lessons Learned or Lost?
INTRODUCTION Religion, education and government were very closely connected in the Middles Ages, as indeed in nearly every age except the modern world, beginning perhaps as early as the Reformation, but with continuing secularization of education...
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Teaching about Religion in a Pluralistic Society
INTRODUCTION Public education in the U.S.A. had a distinctly evangelical Protestant flavor in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the mid-twentieth century several developments helped to create a greater sensitivity to the need to remove...
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The Case for Local and State Settlement of Questions of American Church-State Law: An Idea Whose Time Has Come, Gone, and Is Still Gone
INTRODUCTION Some apologists for the Religious Right (1) have argued that church-state matters should be left to states and localities to settle. This paper will discuss the proposals of two such apologists. (2) I conclude that their proposals will...
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The Christian Right and American Public Education: 1980-2005
INTRODUCTION In the early 1990s, two local school districts in Michigan were unveiling their educational restructuring plans when a group of local residents objected to the changes. On a hot July evening, the opponents detailed their objections...
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While the People Sleep, Critics Weep
INTRODUCTION For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets,,, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. [Matt. 24:24] How Should a Diverse and Democratic Society Deal with Issues of Religion? In the past...
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