Journal of Moral Education 19 (3):147-158 (1990)
|Abstract||Abstract Religion is a disputed area in relation to both morality and politics. Similarly, while some argue that moral education should be based on a preferred religious reference point, others reject this as categorically wrong. Both these views are false, because based on a selective perception of the universal human context, a tendency also evident in other spheres. Typically, there are three constitutional responses to religion ? established singularity, secular pluralism and selective consensus ? each with its own consequences for moral education. To be effective, moral education must take cognisance of religion in each national context. In England and Wales, the recent Education Reform Act provides a framework for both religious and moral education that is attentive to secular and multi?faith reference points, as well as those specifically Christian. Nagging doubts over religion's threat to the autonomy of ethics can be removed, given recognition of the place of reason as a common ingredient in particular religious traditions and in the response of individuals within them. Moral education and political life alike should look to this source for enrichment and renewal|
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