GOD IN EDUCATION by Niels C. Nielsen


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Mr. Nielsen, a Protestant, is concerned in this work with the U.S. Supreme Court's suggestion with respect to ""teaching about religion."" Introductory chapters give the background of the problem of what recognition, if any, may be given in public education to faith in God, treating such facets of the issue as the Regents' Prayer Case, Jeffersonian principles and the Supreme Court decisions, and the crisis in education. Later chapters propound and develop the author's thesis that true education, as well as true preparation for the maintenance of democracy, require that public instruction include the teaching of moral, and therefore religious, values to American youth. Mr. Nielsen, unfortunately, writes a tract rather than a well reasoned presentation of his conviction and of the reasons for it. His appeals are to could-be or could-have-been situations rather than to recognized reality, and the basis of his argumentation is emotion rather than data. The book, therefore, whatever the validity of the author's conclusions (as distinct from the validity of his premises), will be useful only to confirm the partisans of both sides in their present positions.

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 1966
Publisher: Sheed & Ward