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ERIC Number: ED567071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
The Origins of Religion as an Historical Conundrum: Pedagogical and Research Methodological Implications and Challenges
van der Walt, Johannes L.; Potgieter, Ferdinand J.
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (10th, Kyustendil, Bulgaria, Jun 12-15, 2012)
For the last five years the authors have been involved in a research project entitled "Creating Diagogic Space." The project aims at determining to which extent conditions such as the presence/absence of social justice, the creation/lack of social and human capital, respect/non-recognition of human rights, the (non-) recognition of individual and group values and so forth, impact on the diagogic space: the space in which people may enjoy the freedom to educate their children, and for their children to be educated in accordance with the educators' preferred spiritual, religious and value system(s). A significant part of the research revolves around the concepts/constructs of religion and/or spirituality. The authors initially discovered that all manifestations of religion showed the same basic structure, with spirituality at its epicentre or core, but later concluded that the "numen" (the numinous) seems to lie even deeper than spirituality. These investigations led them to understand that they could not evade the issue of looking at the "origins" of religion. In this paper they explore two sets of implications and challenges flowing from their understanding of the roots of religion and spirituality. After giving an account of what they understood to be those origins, they reflect about its pedagogical as well as its research methodological implications and challenges. [For complete volume, see ED567040.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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