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Faith in Education – The Teacher as Witness by Thomas

Fitzpatrick (Mungo, £22) In his exploration of the interplay between faith and religion Fitzpatrick asks some important questions. Why, in the modern era, is the idea of education almost unanimously considered “a good thing”, a cure-all in an age that denies the possibility of moral absolutes?

The “philosophical outlook” behind education past and present is revealed, as the ideologies underpinning educational structures is examined. Ranging in his explanations from “chaos theory” to the “anthropic principle”, Fitzpatrick’s thesis is informed by a clearly explained overview of scientific and philosophical principles.

The issue at the heart of this book is essentially whether or not education can function without some kind of moral code, with revealing insights into the importance of continuing the tradition of faith’s involvement in education.

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