Church in Schools

Annotated Bibliography for Scholarly Discourse Unit

Statement of scope:

My topic is on religion in schools and the recent debate that religion should not be allowed to be taught in public schools. There are arguments to both sides of the argument but I believe the problem arise when a one person force their particular religion on another. There have been debates on religion in school for decades. Once people were allowed to practice their own religions, teachers began to try and teach students of their particular religions to students. Ever since then a debate has been brought about. Is it ethical for religion to be taught in school if it is not forced upon students?


Davis, Michael J. "Religion, Democracy and the Public Schools."Journal of Law and Religion 25.1 (2010): 33-56. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials. EBSCO. Web. 9 Nov. 2010.
Davis’s thesis is that if religion was handled in a better democratic way than previously, there would not be an issue. His argument stems from his belief that the courts came to the wrong conclusion on religion previously. He wrote this to inform readers on religions role in schools and what factor democracy should have. Michael Davis is a lawyer and United States Federal Judge. Davis’s field would be Law and political science. The audience for this article would be contemporary constitutional law scholars. Readers should be knowledgeable on political vocabulary such as a priori, which means derived by logic without observed facts. His arguments are about the questionable decision of religion in schools being unconstitutional. His arguments are based on historical and theoretical arguments because he uses court cases such as McCollum v. Board of Education, and Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe as evidence but theory for solutions. His evidence comes from previous cases and historical references. His stance is that if we took a democratic role on religion in schools we would be able to...