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Faith and the Nation: Education and Religious Identity in the Republic of Ireland

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Abstract:

Through an examination of selected documents, this article explores the role which the Irish state attributed to education in promoting the Christian, specifically Catholic, identity of its young citizens. The essay also examines the evidence of a desire to distance the state from a direct role in reinforcing the religious dimensions of cultural identity and of an endeavour to reconcile respect for the nation's Christian heritage with respect for other versions of human self-understanding.

Keywords: Ireland; diversity; identity; policy; religion

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8527.00122

Affiliations: Mater Dei Institute, Ireland

Publication date: 1999-12-01

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