Churches: Teaching the Facts of Faith

Even as it banned public school and Bible reading, the Supreme Court stressed that objective teaching facts about religion was not forbidden by the First Amendment. Indeed, Justice William Brennan in his opinion on the 1963 Maryland and Pennsylvania Bible-reading decision, it "would be impossible to teach meaningfully many subjects in the social sciences or the humanities without mention of religion."

With this as a guideline, U.S. churchmen have devoted considerable attention to the problem of how objective courses on religion can and should be set up. This month Dr. Arthur Flemming, the...

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