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ERIC Number: EJ812338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1361-7672
Religious Education for Political Thinking and Citizenship
Papastephanou, Marianna
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v29 n2 p125-137 Aug 2008
The curricular accommodation of religious education is almost always dissociated from the latter's political significance and the teaching of religious worldviews is often limited to serving social, (multi)culturalist and epistemological purposes. When RE is made relevant to political identity this occurs strictly within the confines of a liberal sense of citizenship. In this article, the relevance of religious teaching to citizenship is approached through a lens that is critical of liberal secularism and of its confounding view of the social and the political while distant from faith- and validity-based debates on RE. The article aims to render some rigid demarcations of politics and religiousness problematic and to show that religions comprise portrayals of egalitarianism and visions of a better life that can become taught material conducive to a reflective political citizenship beyond liberalism. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus