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With God on All SidesLeadership in a Devout and Diverse America$
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Douglas A. Hicks

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195337174

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337174.001.0001

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Educating Leaders and Citizens

Educating Leaders and Citizens

(p.139) 9 Educating Leaders and Citizens
With God on All Sides

Douglas A Hicks (Contributor Webpage)

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Attaining an inclusive public space requires citizens as well as leaders to be religiously literate. Citizens and leaders do not need to become scholars of religion, but they need to understand the basics of religious identities. This chapter asserts that citizens must learn to listen to one another’s stories, to share their own, and to find areas of both agreement and disagreement. Religious literacy can happen through formal civic education, which can be part of teaching about religion in public schools, private schools, and higher education. As a comparison to the U.S., the chapter analyzes how religion is taught in public schools in Spain. The chapter also considers religion and the media, and asserts that journalists can play a role in promoting public understanding of religion in its diverse forms.

Keywords:   civic education, religion and higher education, religion and private schools, religion and the media, religion in the public schools, religious literacy

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