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ERIC Number: EJ809832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
Contextual Religious Education and the Actuality of Religions
Wright, Andrew
British Journal of Religious Education, v30 n1 p3-12 Jan 2008
Contextual religious educators tend to view discrete religious traditions as artificially constructed systems disconnected from the ordinary experiences of children. This article sets out the case for the continued representation of religions as substantial social facts in religious education classrooms. Accepting Robert Jackson's critique of essentialist readings of religion, it argues that the most appropriate alternative is not the nominal reduction of discrete religious traditions to the atomistic level of the individual spiritual lives of adherents, but a realistic identification of such traditions as actual socio-cultural realities. It suggests two criteria for such identification: the collective intentionality of adherents and the presence of prototypical features within their lifeworlds.
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Language: English
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