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Higgins, Gregory C. – Religious Education, 1994
Maintains that the quality of most theology courses is measured by the quality of class discussion. Identifies and discusses philosophical, theological, and educational assumptions that have a bearing on class discussion. Presents strategies to help reinvigorate a stalled discussion. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Course Content, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Higher Education
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O'Brien, Maureen R. – Religious Education, 1993
Asserts that efforts by Christian churches to join in humanitarian community efforts are hindered by diversity and reluctance to participate in public engagement. Maintains that a "public church" is necessary in society today. Contends that there are two main tasks: (1) education of disciple-citizens; and (2) education of the public. (CFR)
Descriptors: Christianity, Church Role, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Responsibility
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Roebben, Bert – Religious Education, 1995
Defines evangelization as a cooperative religious educational experience regarding the efficacy of the gospel. Considers its role in the lives of young people. Concludes that evangelization must incorporate and address current social concerns as well as questions of belief and unbelief. (MJP)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Ethical Instruction, Higher Education, Interfaith Relations
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Melchert, Charles – Religious Education, 1995
Maintains that neither postmodernism nor cultural pluralism are antithetical to biblical texts. Locates postmodernist open-ended thinking in many of the enigmatic proverbs and other wisdom texts. Reveals similarities, and at times historical connections, between much of the Bible and various Mediterranean cultures. (MJP)
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Content Analysis, Cultural Pluralism, Ethical Instruction
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Halstead, J. Mark – Religious Education, 1995
Examines the philosophical dichotomy between liberal conceptions of social integration and secular culture and the rights and demands of religious cultural groups. Finds an acceptable middle ground in the ideas of tolerance and respect. Recommends educational objectives promoting democratic citizenship, cross-cultural understanding, and specific…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Maintenance, Cultural Pluralism
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Alexander, H. A. – Religious Education, 1995
Provides a concise historical overview of theological thinking concerning fundamentalism, absolutism, and relativism. Considers corresponding responses to issues regarding multiculturalism. Concludes that a diversity of viewpoints is necessary for society to learn from its mistakes and progress in a positive fashion. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Maintenance, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Theories
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Standish, Paul – Religious Education, 1995
Identifies authenticity as the idea that there exists an innate and knowable self. Discusses this concept and how it relates to social, philosophical, and religious thought. Compares the Western concept of self, autonomous and individualistic, with the more interdependent and enigmatic Eastern ideal. (MJP)
Descriptors: Buddhism, Cultural Context, Cultural Images, Cultural Pluralism
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Lovat, Terence J. – Religious Education, 1995
Describes the efforts to incorporate and represent Hindu and Muslim theology in Australia's secondary schools' Religious Studies curriculum. These efforts included literature reviews as well as historical and ethnographic research. Argues that the current incorporation represents merely a first step and advocates further expansion and research.…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Maintenance, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Enrichment
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Sandsmark, Signe – Religious Education, 1995
Criticizes the notion that secular humanists and religious educators can equitably agree on a common or middle ground. Maintains that the so-called middle ground is often primarily secular ideology with a token acknowledgment of the validity of religious thought. Argues for a more open discussion with both positions receiving equal consideration.…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Christianity, Cultural Pluralism, Ethical Instruction
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Arthur, Chris – Religious Education, 1995
Observes the philosophical and methodological aspects of Religious Studies. Considers the limitations of approaching religious thought and experience from a rationalist-scientific perspective. Includes a historical overview of the phenomenology of religious education with brief summations of leading theorists. (MJP)
Descriptors: Christianity, Educational Theories, Educational Trends, Epistemology
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Boys, Mary C.; Lee, Sara S. – Religious Education, 1996
Provides an extensive recounting of a colloquium convened at the Institute for Christian-Jewish Studies in Baltimore, Maryland. The colloquium brought together Catholic and Jewish educators from the northeastern United States for six intensive, two-day sessions over a period of nearly three years. Discusses the development and implementation of…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Catholic Educators, Catholics
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Collins, Julie A. – Religious Education, 1996
Maintains that interreligious learning takes place most beneficially among people who are reasonably secure in their own relationship with God and also are comfortable with the mystery of that relationship. Argues that people with little tolerance for mystery and ambiguity will become uncomfortable with other religious experiences. (MJP)
Descriptors: Catholics, Cultural Interrelationships, Higher Education, Identification (Psychology)
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Diaz-Stevens, Ana Maria – Religious Education, 1996
Maintains that the Puerto Rican Catholic and Jewish cultural and religious experience emphasizes family, communal values, and rituals. Argues that these commonalities can be a platform for building a comparative analysis and dialog. This dialog holds the possibility of strengthening personal and communal identities, as well as increasing…
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Catholics, Change Agents, Cultural Interrelationships
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Ellenson, David – Religious Education, 1996
Explicates some of the forces and realities shaping the formation of religious identity in the modern world. Identity can no longer be be constructed in isolation from others and the community at large. People also are aware that identity is constructed socially. Discusses the impact of this on Christian-Jewish relations. (MJP)
Descriptors: Catholics, Cultural Interrelationships, Ethnic Groups, Group Dynamics
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Queen, Edward L., II – Religious Education, 1996
Provides a brief historical overview regarding the development of a religious identity. Explicates a number of questions that both guide and complicate this effort in modern times. Argues that traditional texts should be evaluated more in terms of their positive contributions than their dated elements. (MJP)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Catholics, Continuing Education, Cultural Interrelationships
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