ERIC Number: EJ853716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Teaching Theological Reflection Well, Reflecting on Writing as a Theological Practice
Yaghjian, Lucretia B.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v7 n2 p83-94 Apr 2004
In order to teach theological reflection well, it is necessary to teach students how to write it well. This paper probes the writing of theological reflection as a rhetorical process and a theological practice by (1) situating theological reflection broadly within a "correlation" model, adapted for theological writers; (2) identifying two "generic" styles of theological reflection papers, the pastoral reflection paper and the systematic reflection paper; (3) following a writer's progress as she writes a one-page pastoral reflection paper and constructs a working theology in the process of writing it. In conclusion, the correlation-based "Reflecting on Paper" process provides a pedagogical bridge between the writing and teaching of "pastoral" and "systematic" theological reflection, and exemplifies the dynamic interplay between teaching theological reflection and reflecting on writing as a theological practice.
Descriptors: Theological Education, Religious Education, Teaching Methods, Reflection, Writing (Composition), Correlation, Models, Language Styles, Clergy
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