Separation of Church and State in Europe
Author: by Rebecca Glatter, Teacher, U.S. History & Gov. (grade 11), Participation in Government (grade 12) C.W. Baker High School, Baldwinsville, New York
Level: Grade 10-12
This unit offers a hands-on approach to teaching the relationship between church and state. “Several European countries are having to evaluate their policies toward religion in the public sphere as a result of a growing Muslim population that is resisting secularization and assimilation,” says Glatter. The unit engages students with primary source documents and includes analyses of the role of the Church in Europe before the Reformation, the religious wars, the Enlightenment’s effects on the French Revolution and the Catholic Church, and the French concept of laicite being challenged by French Muslim.