The creation of a secular education system was one of the great social experiments designed to break down religious intolerance within society. One element of this design was administrative, involving the creation of non-denominational schools, and another element involved a centralised curriculum. In this collection of essays, political philosophers, lawyers, sociologists, theologians and educators explore the role of state schools in promoting tolerance within 21st century multicultural, religiously pluralistic societies.
For others, hanging out with someone of a different religion opens the door to questions about not just conversion but dating and even marrying across religious lines. Cita, a Muslim teenager, admitted to having a long-distance Christian boyfriend. Her peers at the madrasah teased her about it, adamant that their relationship was inappropriate. Religiously mixed marriages remain nearly impossible to register in Indonesia, and therefore typically involve the conversion of one partner.
The prospect of conversion is extremely sensitive. Am I the one who has to be willing to give up my religion? Because up until now, he is not willing to follow my religion, and I am still confused. Rani, a Christian, explained that she minimises contact with her Muslim classmates, especially boys, to prevent any kind of close friendship, and especially romantic temptation.
At the public school, Christian youth encounter teachings about both the importance of respecting difference and about being surrounded by their own religious community being a positive influence. In Manado, inter-religious friendship is encouraged as a sign of tolerance. Locals also point to historical Christian-Muslim intermarriage in the region as the foundation for religious harmony. She claims that her experience has led her to believe in the importance of having many different perspectives.
Teaching About Religion
However, youth still struggle to navigate inter-religious relationships. Some actively try to minimize difference. Others feel it necessary to point out difference so as to manage it, learn from one another, and also assuage ever-present fears of religious conversion. Many youth in Manado say that they do not claim their religion has a monopoly on truth.
Though their textbooks extol the virtues of inter-religious friendship and students believe them to be an ordinary fact of life, youth in Manado have many different ways of living out these friendships in real life. Erica M Larson emlarson bu. A battle is looming between an emboldened pro-independence movement and Papuans who are pro-Indonesia. Community programs in northern Bali are aiming to avoid negative impacts of tourism so evident in the south.
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Education for religious tolerance: a neglected topic
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One element of this design was administrative, involving the creation of non-denominational schools, and another element involved a centralised curriculum. In this collection of essays, political philosophers, lawyers, sociologists, theologians and educators explore the role of state schools in promoting tolerance within 21st century multicultural, religiously pluralistic societies. Does a state education system have a role in teaching values such as tolerance, and if so, how is this best achieved?
How are epistemology and truth connected with tolerance? How does the ideal of a 'value free' secular education mask the values that the secular state teaches? The essays are written from both theoretical and practical perspectives and engage with each other directly to address one of the significant issues of our day.
This is the fourth volume arising from a series of conferences on the theme of 'Negotiating the Sacred'.