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Franken, Leni; Loobuyck, Patrick – Religious Education, 2013
After an elaboration of the paradigm shift concerning religious education in Europe, we will give a critical presentation of the Belgian and Flemish system of religious education. The article continues with a discussion of diverse proposals to change the religious education system in Flanders, and concludes that the introduction of an independent,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religious Education, Religion, Constitutional Law
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Hogue, David A. – Religious Education, 2011
Twenty-five years ago the author was taking a required class in neuropsychology in which students were introduced to the amazing structure and functions of the brain. During the very last class session, exams completed, students were relaxed, and by then had enough basic information to ask interesting questions. The author ventured a question…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Religion, Brain, Neuropsychology
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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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Litchfield, Randy G. – Religious Education, 1996
Considers the role of lay vocation (here broadly defined as the servanthood of nonordained persons within and without the church) in everyday life and religious education. Discusses the relationship between lay vocation and the holiness movement, a perfectionist doctrine that arose in U.S. Protestantism in the late 19th century. (MJP)
Descriptors: Church Workers, Cultural Influences, Higher Education, Lay People
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Crain, Margaret Ann; Seymour, Jack L. – Religious Education, 1996
Articulates an ethical and theological basis for ethnographic research in faith communities. Interviews with nine ethnographers reveal that both research and researcher are changed by the research act. Argues that ethnography is an opportunity for ministry that is empowering and educational. (MJP)
Descriptors: Clergy, Cultural Influences, Ethnography, Higher Education
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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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Hymans, Diane J. – Religious Education, 1996
Examines and defines the world of play for children and considers what lessons and applications this might have for adults and their spirituality. Particularly notes that the "what-if" and "as-if" dimensions of play can be used as energizing and liberating aspects of a more active adult spirituality. (MJP)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Child Behavior, Childrens Games, 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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Legg, Pamela P. Mitchell – Religious Education, 1996
Observes the pitfalls and possibilities of using feature films as educational tools for religious exploration. Praises film for its ability to synthesize a number of cultural, moral, and narrative elements. Lists several simplistic and reductionist approaches to be avoided. (MJP)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Course Content, Cultural Influences, Curriculum Enrichment
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Miller, Randolph C. – Religious Education, 1989
Argues that children need assistance in dealing with the fundamental questions concerning evil and God. Discusses kinds of evil and God's omnipotence. Urges that the relationship of God to evil be dealt with in religious education so that both children and adults can be adequately prepared to deal with suffering and death. (KO)
Descriptors: Adults, Children, Coping, Death