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ERIC Number: EJ884147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
A New Theological Culture in Order to Get a Deeper Understanding of the Richness of Religion and Religiosity in the Midst of Global Cultural Flow
Scharer, Matthias
Religious Education, v105 n3 p258-263 May 2010
The author believes that the future of learning religion and religiously learning does not primary depend on new methods or medias transferring faith or religiosity to people's lives. It depends more on a change of theological awareness and of people's ways of theologizing in the midst of cultural flow in order to get a deeper understanding of the richness of religion and religiosity in the present time. For the author as an academic theologian who does research in the fields of Religious Education and Practical Theology it is important to collaborate with other disciplines. The author is working on a Communicative Theology (CT) together with a professor for dogmatic theology and a professor of systematic theology in order to establish a new theological culture and a deeper understanding of the communicative and conflictive reality within and between religions. At the theological faculty of the University of Innsbruck the author and his colleagues are practicing this culture and understanding in a five-semester post-graduate Master Course that includes global aspects: Learning religion and religious learning needs primarily sensitive and competent persons who are not only able to read and interpret the Bible and other religious testimonies, even though this competence plays an important role. They have also to be educated in the ability to distinguish what is relevant to living with respect to salvation, in the face of de facto disastrous conditions. In this paper, the author explains this through an experience in the multi-religious context of India.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; India