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ERIC Number: EJ809840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
Learning from Religions as "Skilful Means": A Contribution to the Debate about the Identity of Religious Education
Teece, Geoff
British Journal of Religious Education, v30 n3 p187-198 Sep 2008
This article is a revised version of the author's contribution to the 2006 meeting of the "International Seminar on Religious Education and Values" in Driebergen, the Netherlands and is concerned with the need for continuing discussion about the identity of religious education. The article begins by arguing that, despite current criticisms, Smart's original intentions for phenomenological religious education were far from inappropriate for a critical religious education. It then attempts to introduce some fresh ideas about how we might understand the commonly used terms of learning about and from religion. It suggests that in learning about religion it is important to engage students with the soteriological dimensions of religious traditions. The article then goes on to offer a revised version of learning from religion based on the Mahayana Buddhist concept of "upaya" or "skilful means." (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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