The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education

ISBN : 9780199386819

Michael D. Waggoner; Nathan C. Walker
512 ページ
171 x 248 mm
Oxford Handbooks

From the founding of Harvard College in 1636 as a mission for training young clergy to the landmark 1968 Supreme Court decision in Epperson v. Arkansas, which struck down the state's ban on teaching evolution in schools, religion and education in the United States have been inextricably linked. Still today new fights emerge over the rights and limitations of religion in the classroom.

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education brings together preeminent scholars from the fields of religion, education, law, and political science to craft a comprehensive survey and assessment of the study of religion and education in the United States. The essays in the first part develop six distinct conceptual lenses through which to view American education, including Privatism, Secularism, Pluralism, Religious Literacy, Religious Liberty, and Democracy. The following four parts expand on these concepts in a diverse range of educational frames: public schools, faith-based K-12 education, higher education, and lifespan faith development.

Designed for a diverse and interdisciplinary audience, this addition to the Oxford Handbook series sets for itself a broad goal of understanding the place of religion and education in a modern democracy.


List of Contributors
Foreword - Martin E. Marty
Introduction - Michael D. Waggoner, University of Northern Iowa
Nathan C. Walker
Part I. Frameworks
Chapter 1 - Religion, Privatization, and American Educational Policy
Janet Bordelon
Chapter 2 - Secularism in Religion and American Education
Jonathon S. Kahn
Chapter 3 - Pluralism in Religion and American Education
Diana L. Eck
Brendan Randall
Chapter 4 - Religious Literacy in American Education
Benjamin P. Marcus
Chapter 5 - Religious Liberty in American Education
Charles C. Haynes
Chapter 6 - Democracy, Religion, and American Education
Emile Lester
Part II. Lifespan Faith Development
Chapter 7 - Faith Development
Sharon Daloz Parks
Chapter 8 - Moral and Character Development
Larry P. Nucci
Robyn Ilten-Gee
Chapter 9 - Religious Education in the Traditions
Mark A. Hicks
Chapter 10 - Religious Education between the Traditions
Eboo Patel
Noah J. Silverman
Part III. Faith-Based K-12 Education
Chapter 11 - Private Religious Schools
Charles J. Russo
Kate E. Soules
Adina Newman
Susan Douglass
Chapter 12 - Religion and Homeschools
Milton Gaither
Chapter 13 - Religiously Affiliated Charter Schools
Nathan C. Walker
Chapter 14 - Public Funding of Private Schools
Steven K. Green
Part IV. Religion and Public Schools
Chapter 15 - Law and Religion in American Education
John Witte Jr.
Brian Kaufman
Chapter 16 - Religious Expression in Public Schools
Kevin R. Pregent
Nathan C. Walker
Chapter 17 - Religion and the Public School Curriculum
Walter Feinberg
Chapter 18 - The Bible and American Public Schools
Mark A. Chancey
Chapter 19 - Religion, Extracurricular Activities and Access to Public School Facilities
Charles J. Russo
Chapter 20 - Religious Freedom, Common Schools and the Common Good
Erik Owens
Part V. Religion and Higher Education
Chapter 21 - Religion in Mainline and Independent Private Higher Education
Douglas Jacobsen
Rhonda Jacobsen
Chapter 22 - Evangelical Higher Education
P. Jesse Rine
Chapter 23 - Catholic Higher Education
Michael Galligan-Stierle
Paula Moore
Chapter 24 - Religion and Spirituality in Public Higher Education
Michael D. Waggoner
Chapter 25 - Theological Education
Daniel O. Aelshire
Chapter 26 - Religion, Spirituality and College Students
Alyssa Bryant Rockenbach
Julie J. Park
Chapter 27 - Religion, Spirituality and College Faculty
Jennifer A. Lindholm
Chapter 28 - Teaching Religious Studies
Eugene V. Gallagher
Chapter 29 - Teaching About Religion Outside of Religious Studies
Robert J. Nash
Chapter 30 - Campus Ministry
John A. Schmalzbauer


Michael D. Waggoner is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Northern Iowa and editor of the journal Religion & Education and the book series Routledge Research in Religion and Education. His recent books include Sacred and Secular Tensions in Higher Education and Religion in the Public Schools.; Nathan C. Walker is the executive director of 1791 Delegates, a consortium of constitutional and human rights experts who address issues of religion and public life. His recent books include Whose God Rules?: Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy? and Cultivating Empathy: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person--Without Exception.