Teaching or preaching — Max Charlesworth and religious education

van Hooft, Stan 2012, Teaching or preaching — Max Charlesworth and religious education, Sophia, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 531-544.

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Title Teaching or preaching — Max Charlesworth and religious education
Author(s) van Hooft, Stan
Journal name Sophia
Volume number 51
Issue number 4
Start page 531
End page 544
Total pages 14
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2012-12
ISSN 0038-1527
1873-930X
Keyword(s) education
religion
Max Charlesworth
liberalism
secularism
pluralism
modernism
Summary In this essay I elaborate on the theoretical framework – that of Millian liberalism – that Max Charlesworth brought to many public issues, including that of the relation between education and religion. I will then apply this framework to a debate in which I have been recently involved myself: a debate around the provision of religious instruction in public schools. In the first section I expound Charlesworth’s rejection of secularism in education in a liberal pluralist state and his defence of faith-based schooling. In the second section I uncover the religious motivations behind the Victorian government’s 1950 amendments to the apparently secularist Victorian Education Act of 1872. In section three, I explore the notion of secularism more fully and suggest that the struggle between those who espouse religious instruction in state schools and those who oppose it while advocating a more general form of education about religion is a symptom of a deeper tension between liberalism and communitarianism within the culture of modernist, liberal states.
Language eng
Field of Research 220199 Applied Ethics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050390

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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