Religious education in Brazil

Authored by: Evaldo Gomes

The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415536301
eBook ISBN: 9780203106075
Adobe ISBN: 9781136256424

10.4324/9780203106075.ch8

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Abstract

Since obtaining its independence from Portugal in the early nineteenth century, Brazil has been a secular state with a rich religious composition. There are special laws that assure classes of religious education in public schools,although some limits are imposed. In the last few years there has been an intense debate on the secular character of the state and the maintenance of religious education in public schools.

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