Religious literacy in policy and practice

Edited by Adam Dinham and Matthew Francis

Religious literacy in policy and practice
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    296 pages
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It has long been assumed that religion is in decline in the West: however it continues to have an important yet contested role in individual lives and in society at large. Furthermore half a century or so in which religion and belief were barely talked about in public has resulted in a pressing lack of religious literacy, leaving many ill-equipped to engage with religion and belief when they encounter them in daily life – in relationships, law, media, the professions, business and politics, among others. 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.
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.

"A significant contribution to the improvement of conversation about religious literacy by insisting that informed debate be the norm rather than a rarity." Lori G Beaman, University of Ottawa

"[This] book is timely, and provides a solid introduction to the field. It should be of interest, not only to scholars and policymakers, but also to anyone concerned about the poverty of current public discourse about religion." British Politics

"[This book] will prove an essential resource for scholars and educators interested in the role of religious literacy in the contemporary scene." Sociology of Religion

“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

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

??“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

About the book

It has long been assumed that religion is in decline in the West: however it continues to have an important yet contested role in individual lives and in society at large. Furthermore half a century or so in which religion and belief were barely talked about in public has resulted in a pressing lack of religious literacy, leaving many ill-equipped to engage with religion and belief when they encounter them in daily life – in relationships, law, media, the professions, business and politics, among others. 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.

Content

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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