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ERIC Number: EJ772798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
A Mythical Realist Orientation for Religious Education: Theological and Pedagogical Implications of the Mythical Nature of Religious Story
Brelsford, Theodore
Religious Education, v102 n3 p264-278 Jun 2007
This article proposes a concept of "mythical realism" as a way of understanding important characteristics of religion and orienting religious education. The focus is on beliefs as one central aspect of religion. The author draws on recent cognitive studies in religion to illumine the "counterintuitive" and "mythic" character of religious belief, while also arguing that religious thinking should be and commonly is held together with "intuitive," "scientific" understandings of experiential reality. A case is made for the enhancement of "mythical realist" religious understanding as a fundamental goal of religious education. Pedagogical suggestions are given for nurturing such mythical realist faith.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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