The Emerging Inter-Faith Context In Society and Religious Education

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The chapter explores the emerging inter-faith context in England, including the explicit inter-faith initiatives associated with this context, as both of these have interfaced with the development of school-based Religious Education since 1970. It does this through an overview of the changing religion and belief landscape of England as this gave birth to the emergence of early inter-faith initiatives and what might be called a new inter-faith “imaginary". It then traces the impact of a diverse religion and belief England on the development of Religious Education discussing how far via the engagement of schools, universities and communities there has been an interaction or parallelism of development between inter-faith context, inter-faith initiatives and Religious Education. It then outlines and discusses how more inclusive approaches to Religious Education have been resourced, including in relation to national inter-faith initiatives leading into debate about the relationship within Religious Education between religion and belief, the secular and a broadening understanding of “world religions”. Finally, the present and future of Religious Education in England is critically explored in relation to how it is situated within what might be called a "three dimensional” social and religious interface between Christianity, secularity and increasing religious plurality.Affiliation:
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion and Nationhood
Subtitle of host publication Insider and Outsider Perspectives on Religious Education in England,
EditorsBrian Gates
Place of PublicationTübingen
PublisherMohr Siebeck
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9783161547294
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NamePraktische Theologie in Geschichte und Gegenwart
PublisherMohr Siebeck


  • Religion
  • Education
  • Religious pluralism
  • Schools
  • Universities
  • curricula
  • Christian society
  • Secular society
  • Religiously plural society
  • SACREs
  • Agreed Syllabus Conferences
  • Local authorities
  • Socio-religious contract

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • History

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