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ERIC Number: EJ820684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
Traversing the Gap: Andrew Wright, John Hick and Critical Religious Education
Teece, Geoff
British Journal of Religious Education, v27 n1 p29-40 Jan 2005
This paper discusses aspects of Andrew Wright's version of a liberal, critical religious education and his criticisms of some other views of modern religious education. This is attempted not by examining these "other views" as such but by concentrating on the work of John Hick. The reason for this is that Wright, like Cooling (in his book "A Christian Vision for State Education: Reflections on the Theology of Education") identifies Hick as a significant influence on forms of religious education to which he objects. In a number of his writings Wright identifies Hick's work as an example of universal theology informed by romanticism. This runs counter to a comprehensive reading of Hick, and to Hick's own account of his work. Hick, like Wright, is a critical realist but by identifying Hick as a romantic, Wright is in danger of not only polarising views on religious education but also closing down a debate to which Hick's work has much to contribute. The latter part of the paper illustrates how a nuanced understanding of Hick's religious pluralism can make a contribution to discussions about critical religious education. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom