The impact of religious diversity and revitalization on inter-religious education for citizenship and human rights

Bouma, Gary D., Ling, Rod and Halafoff, Anna 2010, The impact of religious diversity and revitalization on inter-religious education for citizenship and human rights. In Engebretson, Kath, de Souza, Marian, Durka, Gloria and Gearon, Liam (ed), International handbook of inter-religious education, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp.1053-1069, doi: 10.1007/978-1-4020-9260-2_62.

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Title The impact of religious diversity and revitalization on inter-religious education for citizenship and human rights
Author(s) Bouma, Gary D.
Ling, Rod
Halafoff, AnnaORCID iD for Halafoff, Anna
Title of book International handbook of inter-religious education
Editor(s) Engebretson, Kath
de Souza, Marian
Durka, Gloria
Gearon, Liam
Publication date 2010
Series International handbooks of religion and education; v.4
Chapter number 62
Total chapters 66
Start page 1053
End page 1069
Total pages 17
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Keyword(s) citizenship
human rights education
inter-religious education
Summary The unanticipated rise of religious diversity and the re-entry of religion to the public sphere have radically increased the need and demand for education about religions – how they contribute to social and cultural capital – and about the management of religious diversity. The global movement of people and cultures has brought religious diversity to nearly every major city. With diversity has come a renewed interest in the religious identity of others and how to incorporate religious diversity in ways that produce social cohesion. Religious diversity has also raised interest in a values discourse where once atheistic secularity prevailed, made faith-based social and health service delivery both more appealing to governments and more difficult to deliver, and has challenged societies to accommodate a wider range of religious needs and lifestyles. Policies designed to promote social justice and peace have little chance of success without taking seriously the religious dimensions to the issues involved. This context makes clear the need for opportunities to learn about the religions in a society at all levels of education – opportunities that include direct experience of the ‘other’, curricula that appreciate the worlds of faith, spirituality and religion rather than demeaning them, education that provides both historical depth and local reality. Some of this education will be in school, some in remedial work required for a generation or two of leaders who have been raised in ignorance of religion, or trained to despise it.
ISBN 1402092733
ISSN 1874-0049
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4020-9260-2_62
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
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