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How Young is Too Young? Teaching About Religion in Public Schools

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life



Biondo, Vincent F. and Andrew Fiala, eds. Civility, Religious Pluralism, and Education, (New York: Routledge, 2014).

DelFattore, Joan. The Fourth R: Conflicts Over Religion in America’s Public Schools. (Yale University Press, 2004).

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Greenawalt, Kent. Does God Belong in Public Schools? (Princeton University Press, 2005).

Haynes, Charles C. and Oliver Thomas, Finding Common Ground: A Guide to Religious Liberty in Public Schools, (First Amendment Center, 2001).

Kunzman, Robert. Grappling with the Good: Talking about Religion and Morality in Public Schools. (State University of New York Press, 2006).

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Macedo, Stephen. Diversity and Distrust: Civic Education in a Multicultural Democracy(Harvard University Press, 2000).

Marty, Martin E. with Jonathan Moore. Education, Religion, and the Common Good. (Jossey-Bass, 2000).

Moore, Diane L. Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: A Multicultural Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Education(Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Nash, Robert J. Faith, Hype, and Clarity: Teaching About Religion in American Schools and Colleges(Teachers University Press, 1999).

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Prothero, Stephen. Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know—And Doesn’t. (HarperSanFrancisco, 2007).

Ravitch, Diane and Joseph P. Viteritti, eds. Making Good Citizens: Education and Civil Society. (Yale University Press, 2001).

Waggoner, Michael D., ed. Religion in the Schools: Negotiating the New Commons(Roman & Littlefield Education, 2013).

WertheimerLinda K. Faith Ed, Teaching About Religion In An Age of Intolerance(Beacon Press, 2015).


Erik Eckholm's article in The New York Times, “Battling Anew Over the Place of Religion in Public Schools."

Walter Feinberg's article in Religious Education, “An Assessment of Arguments for Teaching Religion in Public Schools in the United States."

Noah Feldman's article in The New York Times Magazine, “Universal Faith."

Steve Kraske and Lisa Rodriguez's article in KCUR-FM, “Teaching World Religion In Public Schools." 

Nicholas Piediscalzi's review in Religion & Education, "Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance."

Katherine Stewart's article in The New York Times, “Separation of Church and School."

Linda K. Wertheimer's article in Boston Globe Magazine, “A Test of Faith."

Linda K. Wertheimer's article in The Washington Post, “Public schools shouldn’t preach, but they should teach our kids about religion."