Religious Education in a Multicultural Europe: Children, by Emer Smyth, Maureen Lyons, Merike Darmody

By Emer Smyth, Maureen Lyons, Merike Darmody

Drawing on an immense EU-funded examine undertaking, this e-book examines how religious/secular ideals are shaped in school and within the relations throughout varied eu international locations, providing insights into key coverage matters about the position of faith within the tuition approach and illuminating present debates round faith and multiculturalism.

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Religious Education in a Multicultural Europe: Children, Parents and Schools

Drawing on a huge EU-funded study undertaking, this e-book examines how religious/secular ideals are shaped in class and within the kin throughout assorted eu international locations, providing insights into key coverage matters in regards to the position of faith within the institution process and illuminating present debates round faith and multiculturalism.

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The decline in religious identification has been particularly steep for the Church of Scotland, whose members tend to be older than those of the other churches. The proportion of those with no religion has been growing rapidly, increasing by 50 per cent between 1975 and 2000. The picture of declining religious identification is further supported by Brierley’s (2002) analysis of Church attendance in Scotland. He noted that mass attendance peaked in the 1950s and remained stable for a period of time, declining rapidly from the 1970s onwards.

Mrs McNeil, Catholic, St Patrick’s) Very few husbands and wives had similar outlooks in relation to religion, and on the whole the women appeared to be more devout (this is echoed in Scottish Census data, which reveals a strong association between gender and religion of belonging). Gender differences are reflected in the following conversation: Interviewer How important is religion or belief to you compared to other aspects of your identity; nationality or gender and so on? Father I don’t know, you put the question that way, I don’t give it an awfully high importance.

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