Education, Religion, and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation about Religion's Role in Our Shared Life
Bennett, Clinton, Journal of Church and State
Education, Religion, and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation About Religion's Role in Our Shared Life. By Martin E. Marty with Jonathan Moore. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass, 2000. 164 pp.n.p.
This book draws on conversations held under the auspices of the Public Religion Project, which Marty directed. This aimed to "`bring to light and interpret the forces of faith in a pluralist society in a country where so many people think of religion as a `private affair'" (p. 19). Based on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it is often argued that any provision for "religion in taxpayer-funded and government run public education violates" the non-establishment of religion. This book invites readers to revisit this assumption. Its authors support teaching about religion in all levels of America's public educational system. They claim that this is the only book that "calls on readers to reflect on all levels" of education (p. 3). Indeed, their comprehensive treatment even includes some discussion of home schooling. A basic premise is that what happens in private, church-related schools and colleges should interest everybody, since there is a public dimension to private education.
Chapters one and two discuss the definition of religion, the "public good" and the advantage of "conversation" over "debate." Chapter three sketches the historical context: post-1960s, an unofficial privileging of Protestant Christianity was replaced by a secular consensus that, in the name of protecting religious freedom, removed religion from the public square. On the other hand, as chapter eight shows, during the same period, Religious …
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Publication information: Article title: Education, Religion, and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation about Religion's Role in Our Shared Life. Contributors: Bennett, Clinton - Author. Journal title: Journal of Church and State. Volume: 43. Issue: 1 Publication date: Winter 2001. Page number: 151+. © 1999 J.M. Dawson Studies in Church and State. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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