ERIC Number: ED411050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Making the Most of Religious Education Using Literature and the Arts To Enliven the Message!
Marine, Robert A.
Presented here are guidelines and resources to aid in the use of arts and literature to enhance and enliven religious education. Eight guidelines are suggested: (1) the values of communion, that is, the right relationship between God, neighbor and self, unity in pluralism and the dignity of the human person as an adopted child of God should be seen as core values; (2) the social psychological developmental approach to faith and an emphasis on the spiritual and moral life of young people should guide our selection of resources; (3) the works of Jesuit theologian, Father Avery Dulles, should be considered as guidelines; (4) E. D. Hirsch, Jr.'s Core Knowledge Foundation can be a guide to attaining cultural and religious literacy in a multicultural society; (5) recognition should be made of the contribution of women to arts and literature; (6) the catechetical approach to the use of arts and literature can enliven the message; (7) a story or parable has the potential to bring forth understanding and insights of which the child was unaware; (8) and emphasize positive and healthful ecumenical, interfaith, and science/faith relationships. A description of resources for grades K-8 that adhere to these guidelines concludes the paper. (MT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Exposition (94th, Minneapolis, MN, April 1-4, 1997).