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Christian school children more tolerant than their secular peers

27 July 2011

A recent study in the UK has found that Christian children in schools are more tolerant than their secular peers. Hat-tip to The Western Confucian: Religious Tolerance

UK survey finds: churchgoing teenagers show greatest support for Muslim peers on Independent Catholic News:

New research released today from the University of Warwick’s Religions and Education Research Unit demonstrates that churchgoing young Christians give much more support to their Muslim peers, in comparison with young people who have no religious faith.
The survey was led by University of Warwick researcher Professor Leslie J Francis, Jennifer Croft, Alice Pyke and Mandy Robbins and involves 10,000 13 to 15-year-old pupils, 2,000 each from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and London.

According to the report, however, the researchers conclude that religious education in schools is important in this. As one of them put it, “If we stop investing in religious education we are fuelling religious discrimination and religious hostility into the future.”

That raises some questions that are not answered in the article, however. Presumably the irreligious children attend the same religious education classes at school that their Christian counterparts have done, but it doesn’t seem to have made them more tolerant. What makes the Christian children more tolerant is more likely be something that takes place at home and in church, rather than at school. Having said that, however, I must confess that the home I grew up in was entirely secular, and I only really learnt about the Christian faith at a church school.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 27 July 2011 5:38 pm

    All nation shall teach what their religion told us, instead what ever religion you are, Christian, Jews, or Islam. I not agree with ateism, or paganism and polytheism.
    People who being teach the morality, social, faith by their religion will be more tolerate than others who are not being teach this quality.

  2. Jon Marc Teusink permalink
    27 July 2011 8:24 pm

    I never realized that bullying still existed in the 21st century until I met classmates in university who had attended state schools in the United States and had experienced bullying there or had classmates who were bullied. I was certainly drawn into a lot of discussions concerning Roman Catholics and Orthodox and how we were condemned to hell as idol-worshipers :-), but at the end of the day we were all at the very least civil and more often than not close friends.

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