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ERIC Number: EJ831203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1047-8248
Postmodern G*d-Talk, Liberation, and the Educational Context
Poppo, Kristin
Educational Foundations, v21 n3-4 p59-71 Sum-Fall 2007
Whether one calls it G*d-talk, religious discourse, or spiritual musings, conversations speaking to the divine, spirit, mystery, religion, and G*d are increasingly prevalent in educational studies. Whether it is the recurring discussions of church/state distinctions, exploration of the relationship between moral development and religion, or an appeal to appreciate spiritual ways of knowing, religious discourse is becoming more and more common among educators. Rather than argue the validity of religious discourse, which is in fact a contentious conversation that has little outcome on whether or not people actually choose to engage in G*d-talk, the author explores how critical social theorists can both examine and engage in religious discourse in ways that promote just and compassionate community. Such reflection begins with the recognition of both the danger inherent in and the possibilities emerging from discussions that examine the relationships between religion, culture, and education. History clearly illustrates the ways in which religion has served as both an oppressing and liberating force. This article introduces a critical hermeneutical framework for educators who seek to integrate religion and spirituality into the educational process. Engaging in this process ensures that the use of G*d-talk is liberating and not, as history has so often shown, oppressive.
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Language: English
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