Christian Religion as Common Language

Posted August 24, 2017 8:24 pm by Editor

In postwar Britain, the Butler Education Act (1944) required all schools to teach religious education and to start the day with an assembly that included worship. The Butler Education Act took it for granted that both the “R.E.” and the assembly would be “non-denominational,” which naturally meant Christian, which obviously meant the piety and hymns of the Church of England. The latter clause is a joke; there were Catholic and Jewish state schools. (I cannot write “public school” without thinking of Eton or my of own alma mater, Roedean, which was Anglican, of the Evangelical persuasion.) One advantage of an

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