Doubts about Religious Education in public schooling

Daniel Moulin

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This article considers potential problems concerning Religious Education in public (state-funded) secondary schools in England in order to inform ongoing debates about religion in public education in the United States and elsewhere. Findings of empirical studies conducted in England are discussed in relation to arguments that critique Religious Education. It is argued that Religious Education as it is currently conceived and practised in England may be problematic for religious believers because it can misrepresent and critique religions, particularly Christianity. It is also suggested that the subject may be confused in its aims and purpose because it is not based upon any theological or religious authority. It is suggested that these problems may present challenges to religious identity formation among adolescents and therefore may be a cause of concern for religious communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-148
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Christianity & Education
Issue number2
Early online date15 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


  • Christianity
  • identity formation
  • public schooling
  • religion
  • religious literacy
  • secularization


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