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, doi: 10.1007/s11841-012-0332-2.

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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
Keyword(s) education
Max Charlesworth
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
DOI 10.1007/s11841-012-0332-2
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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