Christian school children more tolerant than their secular peers
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
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.