Can Irelands Christian tradition accommodate the demands of diversity? This question arises in many areas of contemporary life, and with particular urgency in education.
Faith and the Nation examines the role that the Irish state, through the educational system, has adopted and continues to adopt towards promoting religious identity. Written by a philosopher, Faith and the Nation offers an analysis of an aspect of contemporary Irish cultural history by drawing on diverse literary sources.
Distinguished commentators have already welcomed the publications of Faith and the Nation.
Professor Colm Lennon, of the department of history at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, sees it as offering a close analysis of a significant element of Irish cultural history. As well as being learned and knowledgeable, the book is lively, engaging and balanced.
For Louise Fuller, author of Irish Catholicism since 1950, Faith and the Nation provides a nuanced, searching and exciting exploration of Irelands socio-cultural landscape. The book should be read by anyone interested in the history and politics of modern Ireland. It will also be found invaluable by anyone involved in school management or in the teaching of religion.
Gerry Whyte, associate professor in the School of Law at Trinity College Dublin points out that the arguments made in Faith and the Nation are supported by close analysis of relevant historical and contemporary documents.
Dr Kevin Williams works in Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin City University. A former president of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, he is author of several books and many articles in Irish and international journals.