Retheorizing Critical and Reflective Religious Education in Public Schools

By Najwan Lbeeb Saada.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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In this essay I propose a framework to include religious education in public schools with a particular focus on learning about religion, and learning from religious and secular perspectives. I discuss through sociohistorical and philosophical analysis the complexity of education for religious literacy in public schools and how we might solve the possible dilemmas and debates in this regard. I suggest a compromise between theological and scientific arguments with emphasis on the moral aspects of religious and secular worldviews. Also, I criticize the multicultural approach of teaching about religions in public schools, and I suggest education for reflective pluralism which is based on ethical dialogue and philosophical reasoning.

Keywords: Religious Education, Moral Education, Ethical Dialogue

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.97-108. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: September 2, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 522.612KB)).

Dr. Najwan Lbeeb Saada

Assistant Professor, Arab Institute of Teacher Education, Beit Berl College of Education, Kfar Saba, Israel