Kenneth Primrose

Religious literacy can help society to ‘disagree better’

Pupils often dismiss religion as boring – but if we show them the human side of faiths, it is rewarding for themselves and for society, says Kenneth Primrose

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Walking down the street in any major city today, you are likely to see more diversity than an 18th-century explorer did in a lifetime. People with very different ideas about how society should function must live together, and there is no idea more divisive than that of religion. Many of the most important moral disagreements break out along religious lines. Indeed, differing religious views on freedom, sexuality and justice threaten social cohesion. We must not allow society to be broken apart.

One crucial way in which people can learn to live with one another is by increasing their religious ...

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