What's the best way to immunise young people againat radicalisation?
Given  Archbishop Justin Welby's speech yesterday, my book THE WAR FOR CHILDREN'S MINDS IS  TOPICAL. It's on faith schools, philosophy in the classroom, the role of  authority, character education, the dangers of relativism, the need for  narrative, and that ever-popular mantra - 'Without religion to underpin  morality, we're doomed!'

It's packed with demolitions of popular  arguments from Melanie Phillips, Rabbi Sacks, The Moral Maze, Pat  Buchanan, The Daily Mail, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and many others.

It also explains the relevance of philosophers from Aristotle ('character education') to Arendt.

Above all, it develops the case for a highly Liberal, philosophical  approach to moral education - particularly if we want to immunise young  people against radicalisation and the kind of moral horrors that marred  the C20th.

Here are some nice things folk have said about the book:

 '...this volume has a hugely significant contribution to make. It is  also highly readable, and provides a useful pocket guide to current  philosophical thinking - a sort of religious Bill Bryson.' - CHURCH  TIMES

'The War for Children's Minds is a brilliantly clear and  convincingly argued defence of liberalism in moral education. Stephen  Law examines and demolishes all the arguments in favour of authoritarian  ways of teaching, and shows that in spite of the insistence of popular  commentators from the religious right, a liberal and rational  examination and discussion of moral questions does not lead to  relativism and the decay of ethical behaviour, but can in fact be the  best defence against them. This book won't be read by popular  journalists: they will attack it without reading it. But it should be  read by every teacher, every parent, and every politician. What's more,  it should form the subject for discussion in every church, synagogue,  mosque, and religious youth group. It's one of the most engaging as well  as one of the most necessary books that I've ever read in the field of  moral education.'  - PHILIP PULLMAN

'Progressives schools, they  say, promote the wishy-washy, anything goes mentality that is the source  of our social malaise. In The War for Children’s Minds, Stephen Law  does a splendid and philosophically thrilling job of cutting that  argument to shreds.' - THE GUARDIAN

'...a succinct and eloquent defence of liberalism.' - THE ECONOMIST

'A stirring defence of liberal values.' - TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT

'A passionate philosophical defence of a liberal approach to parenting and education.' - THE GUARDIAN

'This defence of reason should be obligatory reading, not just in schools, but in parliament and the press. ' - SUNDAY HERALD

 '[The] debate about children’s education…seems to be dominated by the  other side. It’s a side that believes Liberal is a dirty word, that the  Enlightenment did more harm than good and that children should be taught  in a much more formal way. In his book [Law] begs to differ. He  suggests that children should be allowed to examine and discuss  religious and moral issues in a liberal, philosophically informed and  rational way.' - THE OXFORD TIMES