Rival Conceptions of Religious Education

  • John Tillson
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


The sense of religious education under discussion in this chapter will be the formative influence of children with respect to religions. Such influence could be anti-religious, pro-religious, or neutral about the value of religion. What I will call ‘The Basic Question’ asks ‘how ought children to be influenced with respect to religions?’. In this chapter we will assess a range of forms that that question can take in different kinds of societies. We will distinguish and explore questions regarding the moral permissibility and desirability, and the legal permissibility, of various answers to the Basic Question. First however, we will consider some rival answers and approaches to the question of what counts as a religion.


Religious education Religion Liberal democracy Theocracy Pluralism Educational aims Ethics of influence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Tillson
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  1. 1.Department of Education StudiesLiverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUK

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