ERIC Number: EJ721492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Against the Grain: Religious Education at 100
Alexander, Hanan A.
Religious Education, v100 n4 p353-356 Fall 2005
The terms religion and education do not necessarily fit easily together without a sense of tension or even contradiction between them. Religion, especially under the influence of medieval scholastic theology, but also as an expression of pure or naive piety, is often associated with absolute truths that are to be accepted without question on the basis of divine or ecclesiastical authority. Education, on the other hand, when distinguished properly from indoctrination, is more about learning to ask productive questions than embracing predetermined answers. So when a journal entitled "Religious Education" first appeared a century ago dedicated to exploring how youngsters might be initiated into faith communities through inquiry into tradition rather than recitation of prescribed doctrine, it must have appeared to many as running against the grain. Indeed, the idea of connecting religion to education has continued to appear problematic to believers and unbelievers alike throughout the whole of the journal's long tenure of publication, which is why this anniversary is at once so remarkable and so significant.
Descriptors: Religious Education, Religious Factors, Religion, Terrorism, Ethics, Periodicals, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Israel