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ERIC Number: EJ820692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
Whose Confession? Which Tradition? (A Preliminary Critique of Penny Thompson, 2004)
Doble, Peter
British Journal of Religious Education, v27 n2 p143-157 Mar 2005
What does Penny Thompson really want? Reading her article in "BJRE" 26 (1) proved a baffling experience: it clearly wanted to say something, and to say it passionately, yet signally failed to do so. It fails largely because it lacks an argument; there seems also to be conceptual muddle at its heart. A fuller critique will need to attend to Thompson's reading of religious education's history, particularly to her use of evidence--but that is a story for another night. Consequently, this brief critique has at its core four questions to elicit clarity where at present there is none: First, does Penny Thompson want so to revision religious education in community schools that she and other aspirants to "Christian confessional religious education" may freely work to convert young people to "Christianity" and to nurture them in a Christian tradition? Second, in what sense, or senses, does Thompson want readers to understand her phrase, ""the" truth of "the" Christian faith?" Third, in whose confession and in which tradition does Thompson want this Christian confessional religious education to be rooted? Fourth, is Penny Thompson willing to allow Christian teachers to present alternative understandings of Christianity, critical of her (implied) view? These questions are preceded by reflection on the form of her article's argument and on its use of "confess" and its cognates. (Contains 21 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom