ERIC Number: EJ763817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
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A Bilingual Aesthetic for Religious Education
Irizarry, Jose R.
Religious Education, v102 n2 p124-127 Mar 2007
In the face of the globalizing tendencies of our times, religious communities will depend on the appropriations and reinterpretations of traditions in constant dialogue with increasingly diverse cultural groups. Religious communities that want to respond to the challenge of cultural pluralism cannot hold to the idea of religion as something a-historical, culturally transcendent, or ethnically neutral, which will remain unchangeable by the creative force of human diversity. Instead, a more constructive approach will render religion as a culturally shaped phenomenon whose dynamism depends on the deliberate efforts to "re-ligare" every human group to a shared source of belief and faith. To invite further exploration and further dialogue on the subject of multicultural religious education, the author draws on his experience as a bilingual religious educator to propose several ways in which a new "bilingual aesthetic" could reshape religious education and practices: (1) it could assist religious educators in teaching the universality of a shared faith and mission while sustaining the value of diversity in matters of doctrines, theological approaches, worship expressions, and traditions within that faith; (2) it can offer models of communication across diverse communities without forcing assimilation to one expression of faith in the process; and (3) it can help us evoke a sense of mystery and awe for the divine.
Descriptors: Linguistics, Puerto Ricans, Bilingualism, Religious Education, Cultural Pluralism, Multicultural Education, Consciousness Raising, Global Approach, Beliefs, Religion, Spanish Speaking
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Identifiers - Location: United States