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Valk, John – Religious Education, 2017
In this article, the author John Volk, professor of Worldview Studies at Renaissance College, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, looks forward toward the November 2017 Religious Education Association Conference, which is entitled "Learning in Encounter: Crossroads, Connections, Collaborations", and says that…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Self Concept, Trust (Psychology), Beliefs
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Bekerman, Zvi – Religious Education, 2012
Recognition is the main word attached to multicultural perspectives. The multicultural call for recognition, the one calling for the recognition of cultural minorities and identities, the one now voiced by liberal states all over and also in Israel was a more difficult one. It took the author some time to realize that calling for the recognition…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Jews, Multicultural Education, Religious Education
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Ross, Rosetta E. – Religious Education, 2012
Historian of religions Charles Long uses the term "American cultural language" to identify discursive challenges to democracy and social justice in the Unites States. The American cultural language, Long says, is the "misinterpretation" of humanness and freedom conveyed when the term "American"--used to signify…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Freedom, Females, Democracy
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Shabani, Omid Payrow – Religious Education, 2011
The argument of this article is that the recent writing of Jurgen Habermas concerning the boundary of public reason offers the following advantages over the classic "liberal proviso": (1) It releases religious citizens from an undue cognitive burden; (2) It distributes the cognitive burden of justification symmetrically across the citizenry; and…
Descriptors: Role of Religion, Democracy, Politics, Religion
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Siejk, Cate – Religious Education, 2011
This article offers a response to two provocative questions about the relationship of theology to religious education posed by Norma Thompson in her Presidential address given at the annual meeting of APRRE in 1978. I offer contemporary answers to these questions from the perspective of a theological educator. First, I show how feminist theory and…
Descriptors: Feminism, Philosophy, Religious Education, Theological Education
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Bachand, Sarah Caffrey – Religious Education, 2010
This article responds to sociologist Christian Smith's claim that many teenagers today have lost traditional religious faith and instead espouse a new and erroneous faith in God the "Cosmic Therapist." The author challenges this claim by comparing two of Smith's chief complaints vis-a-vis teen faith to established portraits of adolescent faith.…
Descriptors: Altruism, Religion, Religious Education, Sociology
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Baird, Justus – Religious Education, 2010
Long before the author answered the call to become a rabbi, he brought his passion to teach to the waterfront--that special place where the waters of a river or lake meet the dry land. Today, the author still imagines himself learning and teaching others how to swim, not in the water, but in the flows of global culture, to use the language of this…
Descriptors: Jews, Teaching Methods, Religious Education, Judaism
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Scharer, Matthias – Religious Education, 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…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Religion, Foreign Countries, Philosophy
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Hess, Mary – Religious Education, 2010
One of the author's most vivid and early memories of "learning about religion" comes from when she was in seventh grade, and her math teacher scolded her and her friend for arguing about religion in the back of the room. Both of them were deeply steeped in family religious practice, and new to each other's traditions. That experience was…
Descriptors: Religion, Religious Education, Religious Cultural Groups, Cultural Pluralism
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Gilmour, Peter – Religious Education, 2008
In this article, the author shares how his dissatisfaction with religion textbooks led him to use novels as texts for his religion classes. Among the novels that he used were "To A God Unknown" by John Steinbeck, "The Stranger" by Albert Camus, "A Burnt-Out Case" by Graham Greene, "A Canticle for Leibowitz" by Walter M. Miller, Jr., and "Franny…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Religion, Interdisciplinary Approach, Art
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Ruby, Lois – Religious Education, 2008
After having seen Jody Picoult's "Plain Truth," which is on the paperback best-seller list from "New York Times Book Review," and an ad for a novel called "A Version of the Truth," in this article the author talks about truth and how it is being told by some writers from a different point of view. It seems that truth is everywhere, and also…
Descriptors: Ethics, Nonfiction, Novels, Authors
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Hess, Carol Lakey – Religious Education, 2008
The art of fiction tells truth because it is the truth of life that goes into making good fiction: love, hate, fear, courage, delight, sorrow, betrayal, loyalty, confusion, choice, circumstance, luck, injustice. These essential qualities, says the author, are also the qualities of sound theology, with a sense of time and place; and raising…
Descriptors: Literature, Fiction, Religion, Philosophy
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Lee, Michael G. – Religious Education, 2008
This article sets Dorothy Bass' Christian practices movement in critical dialogue with U.S. Latina/o popular religion in order to explore ways that these distinctive sets of practices could enrich one another. Then, it focuses on "shaping communities" as a Christian practice and correlates it with the U.S. Latina/o popular religious…
Descriptors: Religion, Religious Factors, Religious Education, Christianity
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Blount, Reginald – Religious Education, 2007
In this article, the author discusses the influence of conversations in the shaping of a person's life. He shares how some of the voices he heard early in his life, specifically those of his mother and his local pastor, had a profound impact on his life. These were conversations that taught him the value of doing the best that he could and of the…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Religious Education, Interpersonal Communication, Religion
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O'Gorman, Kathleen – Religious Education, 2007
Our sacred scriptures tell us that all Creation groans in eager anticipation of God's grace. For those who are attentive to the voice of Creation, groaning in anticipation of deliverance is but one of the natural world's many modes of expression and communication. Creation sings, celebrates, instructs, and bears witness to the wisdom that orders…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Religious Factors, Philosophy, Environment
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