Religious Tolerance, Education and the Curriculum

  • Elizabeth Burns Coleman
  • Kevin White

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Susan Mendus
    Pages 1-9
  3. Janice R. Russell, James T. Richardson
    Pages 11-26
  4. Peter Balint
    Pages 41-51
  5. Philip Cam
    Pages 53-65
  6. Joel Windle
    Pages 67-83
  7. Winifred Wing Han Lamb
    Pages 85-98
  8. Padmasiri De Silva
    Pages 99-110
  9. Anthony Mansueto
    Pages 121-129
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 131-148

About this book


The creation of a secular education system was one of the great social experiments designed to break down religious intolerance within society. One element of this design was administrative, involving the creation of non-denominational schools, and another element involved a centralised curriculum. In this collection of essays, political philosophers, lawyers, sociologists, theologians and educators explore the role of state schools in promoting tolerance within 21st century multicultural, religiously pluralistic societies. How may different models of liberalism in the secular state have different out­comes in relation to religious tolerance in the education system? Does a state education system have a role in teaching values such as tolerance, and if so, how is this best achieved? How are epistemology and truth connected with tolerance? How does the ideal of a ‘value free’ secular education mask the values that the secular state teaches? The essays are written from both theoretical and practical perspectives and engage with each other directly to address one of the significant issues of our day. This is the fourth volume arising from a series of conferences on the theme of ‘Negotiating the Sacred’. Previous volumes have included /Blasphemy and Sacrilege in a Multicultural Society; Blasphemy and Sacrilege in the Arts; and Medicine, Religion and the Body.

Editors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Burns Coleman
    • 1
  • Kevin White
    • 2
  1. 1.Monash UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.Australian National UniversityAustralia

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