He characterises faith as either superstitious nonsense or, at its best, merely utilitarian - inspiring the arts and possibly having a "calming effect on children". Although faith may have some desirable outcomes, this has never been the prime motivator of those of religious faith. It has instead always been a response to the ultimate questions of meaning and purpose for humankind.
Therefore, faith schools are those which Rowan Williams says take religious questions seriously and for whom religion is a "deep and serious matter"
("A culture of hope? Priorities and vision in church schools", speech to Anglican secondary heads conference, September 2003).
They are inclusive with a commitment to a common life and common values, but are connected to a bigger social and moral tradition.
This is what parents value when they choose a faith school in contrast to the cynical secularism of Peter Wilby.
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