American Evangelicals and Religious Diversity: Subcultural Education, Theological Boundaries and the Relativization of Tradition (Research on Religion
By: Kevin Taylor (author), Lyndon G. Furst (series_editor), Stephen J. Denig (series_editor)Paperback
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American Evangelicals and Religious Diversity is a qualitative study of how religion and education intersect at one conservative Christian school. The school is Evangelical and American. The school's curriculum is bible-based and fulfills its state's educational requirements for high school graduation. While the school has an environment that is Evangelical, the students live in a religiously-diverse world. This book documents how three students and their teacher struggle to understand a world that challenges their faith. The context for this understanding is how the teacher presents and the three students come to understand Catholicism, Islam, and the indigenous religions of the Americas. Americans continue to debate whether religious schools are too parochial and do not prepare students to live a diverse society. It is the opinion of the editors that this book should put to rest some of this fear. We read the manuscript with a critical editorial eye but found the story a compelling one which challenged us to review the tenets of our own faith.
The author's style of presentation is consistent with good scientific discourse yet impels the reader to a view inside the experience of the subjects of the study. Reading the manuscript was not only an informative experience but a faith affirming one too. We are very pleased to present Kevin Taylor's book, American Evangelicals and Religious Diversity as an important part of our series on research on religion and education.
Foreword. Christian Schools and the Implications of Identity. A Theological Overview of American Evangelical Protestant Christianity. A Historical Overview of the American Evangelical Movement and Its Role in Education. Religion in a Pluralistic World: Secularization Theory, Religious Vitality, and the Relativization of Tradition. The State of American Evangelical Christianity. A Subcultural Education Case Study: Setting, Participants, and Methodology. Midwest Christian Academy Encounters Islam, Roman Catholicism, and the Worldviews of the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas. Amy. Caleb. Nathan. Interpreting the Primary Informants. Evangelicals, Civil Society, and Other Religious Traditions. Ingroups, Outgroups, and Christian Education. Appendicies. A. Midwest Christian Academy Statement of Faith. B. Primary Document References. C. Video References. D. Student Demographic Survey. E. Reflective Essay Questions. F. Student Questionnaire. G. Focus Group Interview Schedules. References.
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