[UCP Books]: Have a Little Faith

Have a Little Faith

Religion, Democracy, and the American Public School
Benjamin Justice and Colin Macleod
Published by University of Chicago Press


US: December 2, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-226-40045-7 $22.50
UK: December 12, 2016 192 pages ▪ Paper £16.00

It isn’t just in recent arguments over the teaching of intelligent design or reciting the pledge of allegiance that religion and education have butted heads: since their beginnings nearly two centuries ago, public schools have been embroiled in heated controversies over religion’s place in the education system of a pluralistic nation. In this book, Benjamin Justice and Colin Macleod take up this rich history with renewed clarity and astonishing breadth. Moving from the American Revolution to the present—from the common schools of the nineteenth century to the charter schools of the twenty-first—they offer one of the most comprehensive assessments of religion and education in America that has ever been published. Best of all, they provide insightful new ways to think about the future.

“A provocative and utterly engrossing exploration of the abiding conundrum of religion in American education. Justice and Macleod have written a landmark study on a topic as important as any other to the future of American democracy, and they have done so with a grace and clarity that makes their argument accessible to a broad public.”—Eamonn Callan, author of Creating Citizens

Benjamin Justice is an associate professor at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. He is the editor of The Founding Fathers, Education, and the Great Contest and author of The War That Wasn’t: Religious Conflict and Compromise in the Common Schools of New York State, 1865-1900. Colin Macleod is associate professor of philosophy and law at the University of Victoria. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of several books, including Liberalism, Justice, and Markets and The Nature of Children’s Well-Being. Contact Ryo Yamaguchi ryamaguchi@press.uchicago.edu / 773. 834.8708 for more information.


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