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ERIC Number: EJ814245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
In Defence of the Concept of "Spiritual Education": A Reply to Roger Marples
Best, Ron
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v13 n4 p321-329 Nov 2008
In a paper published in Volume 11, no. 2, of this journal, Roger Marples argued that the term "spiritual education" is at most superfluous and at worst entirely meaningless. He suggested that the use of the term is unhelpful and will continue to be so unless and until we can identify some body of spiritual knowledge and understanding, linked to experience, which is distinct from, and in some sense "beyond", those of moral, aesthetic and other forms of experience. This paper critique's Marples's thesis. It examines his ploy of admitting only certain forms of knowledge and understanding, and of privileging certain languages, when determining the rules of engagement with the concept of "the spiritual". It is further argued that to require some empirical evidence in the form of personal experience before the words "spiritual" and "spiritual education" can be meaningful is fundamentally misguided. In conclusion, it is suggested that a willingness to embrace the spiritual as concept, experience and awareness is essential to the education of the child as a whole person. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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