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Selcuk, Mualla; Valk, John – Religious Education, 2012
Turkish religious education's focus on religion from a social science and prescriptive Islamic perspective faces challenges today. This article presents a new model and approach that assists students in exploring their beliefs and values, those of others, and their Islamic heritage from an interdisciplinary worldview perspective. (Contains 2…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Social Sciences, Foreign Countries, World Views
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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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Avest, Ina ter; Bakker, Cok – Religious Education, 2009
In this contribution we explore processes of Structural Identity Consultation (SIC) with primary school teachers, and the opportunities this kind of team meetings offers for a nontraditional way to live with religious tradition(s). We take our start in everyday classrooms, characterized by religious diversity. The thoughts of Levinas, and his view…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Religion, Beliefs
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Fisherman, Shraga – Religious Education, 2002
Based on Herbert's (1987) theory of ego identity development and on interviews of hundreds of Israeli religious male adolescents and young adults who were raised and educated in religious society and later left the fold, this article presents a model of development of religious identity. Three levels of religious identity development--healthy,…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Substance Abuse, Social Isolation, Delinquency
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Moran, Gabriel – Religious Education, 1997
Argues for a definition of revelation as a process of speaking and listening. Using this premise, argues that revelation is a process of personal relation that cannot be exclusive to any religious group. Discusses the implications of this definition for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. (MJP)
Descriptors: Alienation, Beliefs, Cultural Influences, Modernism
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Cooper, Burton – Religious Education, 1989
Identifies three great religious catenas which interpret suffering. Discusses the classical and post-modern Christian catenas. Urges religious educators to question the classical Christian beliefs concerning suffering while not abandoning the Bible through dissatisfaction. Encourages acceptance of the idea that more than traditional beliefs find…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Buddhism, Christianity, Coping
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Willhauck, Susan E. – Religious Education, 1996
Argues that too often liturgy and religious education posit an idyllic notion of the reign of God and fail to address the injustice, oppression, and violence endemic to much of modern life. This amounts to a dichotomy between the sacred and the secular. Proposes several corrective measures. (MJP)
Descriptors: Alienation, Beliefs, Clergy, Cultural Influences
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Penzenstadler, Joan – Religious Education, 1996
Explores three characteristics of the Catholic tradition that offer students ways to become more attentive to role of faith in their lives. These include the juxtaposition of faith and reason, the movement towards inclusivity, and an understanding of sacrament as the mediation of the Divine through bodiliness. (MJP)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Catholic Educators, Catholic Schools, Catholics
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Blumberg, Sherry H.; Clendenen, Avis; Schmidt, Stephen A. – Religious Education, 1997
Examines how a Canon (body of ideas, doctrines, and practices) becomes embodied in religious communities, how that experience forms the faithful in the tradition, and how that experience modifies the Canon of that tradition. Explores this phenomenon within the Jewish, Catholic, and Lutheran communities. (MJP)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Biblical Literature, Catholics, Christianity