Religious Literacy in Policy and Practice

Religious Literacy in Policy and Practice

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This valuable book is the first to bring together theory and policy with analysis and expertise on practices in key areas of the public realm to explore what religious literacy is, why it is needed and what might be done about it. It makes the case for a public realm which is well equipped to engage with the plurality and pervasiveness of religion and belief, whatever the individual’s own stance. It is aimed at academics, policy-makers and practitioners interested in the policy and practice implications of the continuing presence of religion and belief in the public sphere.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447316664
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Adam Dinham is Professor of Faith and Public Policy, and Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit at the Goldsmiths, University of London.

Adam Dinham is Professor of Faith and Public Policy, and Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit at the Goldsmiths, University of London.

Table of Contents

Foreword ~ Grace Davie;
Section one – Theory;
Religious literacy: contesting an idea and practice ~ Adam Dinham and Matthew Francis;
Diminishing religious literacy: methodological assumptions and analytical frameworks for promoting the public understanding of religion ~ Diane L. Moore;
Religious literacy in the context of Theology and Religious Studies ~ David Ford and Mike Higton;
The irony of religious illiteracy in the USA ~ Stephen Prothero & Lauren R. Kerby;
Religious literacy as lokahi: social harmony through diversity ~ Michael Barnes SJ and Jonathan D. Smith;
Section two – Policy;
Religious literacy and welfare ~ Adam Dinham;
Religious literacy, radicalisation and extremism ~ Matthew Francis and Amanda van Eck Duymaer van Twist;
Religious literacy, equalities and human rights ~ Rebecca Catto and David Perfect;
Section three – Practice;
Religious illiteracy in school Religious Education ~ James C. Conroy;
Religious literacy in higher education ~ Stephen H. Jones;
Religious literacy and social work: the view from Australia ~ Beth R. Crisp;
Religious literacy and the media: the case of the BBC ~ Michael Wakelin and Nick Spencer;
Religious literacy and chaplaincy ~ Jeremy Clines with Sophie Gilliat-Ray;
Religious literacies: the future ~ Matthew Francis and Adam Dinham.

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"The aim of the volume is excellent…all the themes will keep experts busy researching and advising for years to come." Church Times

“This is a ground-breaking and positive response by relevant experts to questions about the discussion of religion in a wide range of social contexts. Each chapter is thought-provoking, original and clear.” James A. Beckford, University of Warwick

​​“A clear and fearless statement that we need to regain a proper conversation about religion and politics in our uncertain age, it provides both the tools and the ideas by which we may begin to have this conversation in public.” Professor Chris Baker, University of Chester and Director of Research, William Temple Foundation

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