Gaining Balance in RE
Should RE teach Christianity, or about Christianity?
Understanding Christianity and the study of religion and worldviews, is an academic study by former RE teacher Chris Selway which is recently published.
The paper argues that several changes are necessary if RE is to gain credibility with the public:
- It should be taught through an objective, critically-engaged and pluralistic approach.
- Education about religion should explore both the positive and negative consequences of religion in a balanced way.
- RE should take “more of a socio-historical or anthropological approach”, rather than one which is focused on theology.
- There should be a “major shift” in the funding and management of RE.
To see more visit the website of the National Secular Society.