Concordia Theological Monthly

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public education, religion, religious schools, moral, spiritual, teaching, culture, democracy, political, secularization

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


To the traditional three R's in education many would place as the first a fourth R - Religion. Some maintain that Religion should be taught only in the schools of the church; some say that Religion or spiritual values should be taught in the schools of the state. Others have urged that the fourth R in modern education should be Right Relations or Human Relations. The debate touches on the question of basic objectives in education and involves the question of the relationship between church and state. It embraces the questions: Do the functions of the state include the teaching function? If so, what limitations, if any, are to be attached to this function?


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars