Religious Education in Public Schools: Study of Comparative Law

Yearbook of the European Association for Education Law and Policy

  • José Luis Martínez López-Muñiz
  • Jan De Groof
  • Gracienne Lauwers

About this book


Europe is going through a sort of "social revolution" with the influence of the church and religious instruction in state schools being open to discussion. Critics claim that providing religious instruction in state schools violates the constitutional separation of church and state. And yet, despite an alleged separation of church and state, in most countries, the church continues to play a considerable public role, especially in education.

This publication is a compilation of studies on religious instruction in state schools. It describes the diversity between states and analyzes the legislative basis of religious instruction in various countries. Whereas in some countries, religious instruction in state schools is optional or compulsory with the possibility to opt out, in other countries religious instruction is banned from state schools.

The comparative analyses in this book will be of great value to researchers in educational research and to educational policymakers.

The chapters are written in the English, French, German, Italian and Spanish language.


English Evolution Religion Religionsunterricht Religionsunterricht in Österreich Religious Education Unterricht comparative law education educational research morality

Editors and affiliations

  • José Luis Martínez López-Muñiz
    • 1
  • Jan De Groof
    • 2
  • Gracienne Lauwers
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ValladolidSpain
  2. 2.University of TilburgThe Netherlands
  3. 3.University of AntwerpBelgium

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