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Civility, Religious Pluralism and Education

1st Edition

Edited by Vincent Biondo, Andrew Fiala


234 pages

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This book focuses on the problem of religious diversity, civil dialogue, and religion education in public schools, exploring the ways in which atheists, secularists, fundamentalists, and mainstream religionists come together in the public sphere, examining how civil discourse about religion fit swithin the ideals of the American political and pedagogical systems and how religious studies education can help to foster civility and toleration.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Civility and Education in a World of Religious Pluralism Vincent F. Biondo, III and Andrew Fiala 1. Getting Religion Right in the Public Schools Charles C. Haynes 2. Tolerance is Not Enough: Why Only a Commitment to Robust Pluralism can Rescue America’s Civic Life Jedd Medefind 3. Virtue of Civility in Liberal-Democratic and Religiously Diverse Communities Andrew Fiala 4. Religious Exclusivism and the Ethics of Diversity Jeffrey Dueck 5. Religious Diversity, Truth and Tolerance Tim Mosteller 6. American Religious Pluralism in Historical Perspective Martha L. Smith Roberts 7. High Stakes Ignorance: Religion, Education, and the Unwitting Reproduction of Bigotry Diane L. Moore 8.The First Amendment Consensus Approach to Teaching about Religion in U.S. Public Schools: Applications and Assessment Bruce Grelle 9. Civil Discourse or Simple Discord? Competing Visions for Religion in the Public Schools Jonathan R. Herman 10. Relational and Procedural Literacies in the Study of Religion Colleen Windham-Hughes 11. From World Religions to Lived Religion: Towards a Pedagogy of Civic Engagement in Secondary School Religious Studies Curricula Henry Goldschmidt (with Matthew Weiner) 12. Religious Diversity and Public Education: The Example of American Muslims Amir Hussain 13. Putting a Face to Faith Charles C. Haynes 14. Democracy, Freedom, and Service: A Consensus Response to Pluralism in Education Vincent F. Biondo, III

About the Editors

Vincent F. Biondo, III, is Associate Professor of Western Religious Traditions and Middle East Studies at Fresno State University. He is co-editor (with Richard D. Hecht) of Religion and Culture: Contemporary Practices and Perspectives. He has conducted research on Islam in the U.S. and Britain.

Andrew Fiala is Professor of Philosophy, Chair of the Philosophy Department, and Director of the Ethics Center at Fresno State University. His books include: Tolerance and the Ethical Life (2005), What Would Jesus Really Do? (2007), The Just War Myth (2008) and Public War, Private Conscience (2010). Fiala is co-editor of the journal Philosophy in the Contemporary World.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Religion and Education

The Routledge Research in Religion and Education series aims at advancing public understanding and dialogue on issues at the intersections of religion and education. These issues emerge in various venues and proposals are invited from work in any such arena: public or private education at elementary, secondary, or higher education institutions; non-school or community organizations and settings; and formal or informal organizations or groups with religion or spirituality as an integral part of their work. Book proposals are invited from diverse methodological approaches and theoretical and ideological perspectives. This series does not address the work of formal religious institutions including churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. Rather, it focuses on the beliefs and values arising from all traditions as they come into contact with educational work in the public square.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects