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Does God Make a Difference?Taking Religion Seriously in Our Schools and Universities$
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Warren Nord

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766888.001.0001

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Complications, Concerns, and Clarifications

Complications, Concerns, and Clarifications

(p.169) 8 Complications, Concerns, and Clarifications
Does God Make a Difference?

Warren A. Nord

Oxford University Press

This chapter has two main tasks. The first is to acknowledge a complication. It says something about academic freedom and resolves a potential tension between the positions taken in Chapters 5 and 6 on the one hand, and Chapter 7 on the other. The question is whether teachers have the right to take sides in matters of religion. The First Amendment would seem to forbid this, yet the logic of liberal education might seem to require it (at least sometimes), and academic freedom would seem to protect it (at least sometimes). Second, the chapter addresses some of the most common concerns loosely clumped together under a number of headings: the concerns of religious conservatives, the concerns of religious liberals, the concerns of atheists, and, finally, practical concerns (often coming from teachers and administrators).

Keywords:   academic freedom, religion, religious education, liberal education, American education, religious conservatives, religious liberals

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