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ERIC Number: ED531415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 281
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-3-0343-0818-2
Teaching Religion, Teaching Truth: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives. Religion, Education and Values. Volume 1
Astley, Jeff, Ed.; Francis, Leslie J., Ed.; Robbins, Mandy, Ed.; Selcuk, Mualla, Ed.
Peter Lang Oxford
Religious educators today are called upon to enable young people to develop as fully-rounded human beings in a multicultural and multi-faith world. It is no longer sufficient to teach about the history of religions: religion is not relegated to the past. It is no longer sufficient to teach about the observable outward phenomena of religions: religion is not restricted to practices, artefacts, and buildings observable in the outside world. It is also necessary to take seriously what religions believe about themselves, and what religions believe about other religions. Seen from the inside, religions deal in the currency of truth. For the religions themselves, truth matters. Truth-claims can lead to harmony and peace, but they may also engender discord and violence. What ultimately counts is how one set of truth-claims confronts or embraces the truths claimed by other, different voices. Therefore those who teach religion cannot avoid dealing with the theology of religions. In this collection of original essays, religious educators shaped by both Christian and Islamic worldviews discuss the problems and opportunities that now face educators and believers alike, as they are confronted by the challenge of "teaching religion" and "teaching truth". The discussion nurtured at the sixteenth conference of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values is here developed further, to stimulate wider reflection and shape good local practice. Contents include: (1) Theology of Religions: Through the Looking Glass of US Roman Catholicism (Gloria Durka); (2) Principled Pluralism and Theology's Contribution to Religious Education: A Protestant Perspective (Friedrich Schweitzer); (3) Identity, Diversity, and the Common Good (Mario O. D'Souza); (4) Pluralist Latin American Liberation Theology: Theological Themes and Educational Challenges (Fernando A. Cascante-Gomez); (5) Interfaith Education in the Christian School (Kath Engebretson); (6) How Can Islamic Pedagogy Promote an Understanding of "Individualized Religion"? (Mualla Selcuk); (7) An Ottoman Example of the Perception of Other Religions in Islamic Thought (Recai Dogan); (8) A Holistic Approach in Education from the Perspective of the Islamic Understanding of Human Beings (Z. Seyma Arslan); (9) The Interaction of the Major Religions at Microcosmic Level: Religiously-Mixed Families in the UK (Elisabeth Arweck/Eleanor Nesbitt); (10) The Catholic View on Religious Pluralism in Empirical Perspective (Hans-Georg Ziebertz); (11) The Dual Role of Unconscious Learning in Engendering and Hindering Spiritual Growth: Implications for Religious Education in Pluralist Contexts (Marian de Souza); (12) The Theology of Religions and Psychological Type: An Empirical Enquiry among Participants at the Parliament of the World's Religions (Leslie J. Francis/Mandy Robbins); (13) How Open is Muslim Youth to People of Other Faiths? (Uzeyir Ok); and (14) A Theological Reflection on the Nature of Religious Truth (Jeff Astley).
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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