ERIC Number: EJ865899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Reference Count: 12
Illuminating the Landscape of Religious Narrative: Morality, Dramatization, and Verticality
Martin, Timothy J.
Religious Education, v104 n4 p393-405 2009
A major dilemma confronting religious educators in the utilization of short stories, film, and other emerging forms of narratives is the question of how to evaluate their "religiousness." This can present dilemmas in the selection, analysis, and comparison of narratives for the purposes of teaching Religious Education. This article forwards useful characteristics for doing so by: (1) constructing a cross-disciplinarian conceptual framework for the comparison and analysis of religious stories, (2) extrapolating three characteristics from this conceptual framework (morality, dramatization, and verticality), and (3) using these characteristics in examining and comparing the religious elements of two short stories: Andre Dubus' "A Father's Story," and Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find."
Descriptors: Religious Education, Literary Genres, Interdisciplinary Approach, Comparative Analysis, Value Judgment
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