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Katz, Yaacov J. – Religious Education, 2017
In this article, Yaccov Katz describes Israel as a unique country housing a population that has increased ten-fold since independence in 1948. It is a country composed of Jews and Arabs, veterans, and immigrants hailing from over 100 countries throughout the world. On the one hand, Israel has a population of secular Jews who profess to be Jewish…
Descriptors: Jews, Religion, Religious Factors, Judaism
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Dowd, Kevin M. – Religious Education, 2015
In the aftermath of school shootings, there is little hesitancy about including religious communities in the work of counseling, memorializing, sharing assembly space, and so on. The author argues that this instinct reveals anthropological and sociological insights that could help the religious community to find a public voice in response not only…
Descriptors: Bullying, Violence, Educational Environment, Religion
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Ha, Tung-Chiew – Religious Education, 2014
The Gospel of John teaches through telling the story of Jesus in light of the familiar Hebrew faith stories. It is an interpretive task that presents Jesus to his audience and teaches them adequate faith. John the Teacher skillfully uses narrative skills to create the familiar-strange effect in his storytelling. Each story is followed by a…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Religious Factors, Religion, Biblical Literature
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Ayres, Jennifer R. – Religious Education, 2013
When people of faith participate in movements for social change, how are their religious and moral identities formed, challenged, and transformed? Although they have explicit and tangible goals as they participate in advocacy, protest, and boycotts, religious social activists also, James Jasper argues, craft "lives worth living" (1997).…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Religion, Identification (Psychology), Social Change
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Hogue, David A. – Religious Education, 2012
Religious practices have long drawn on the social sciences to broaden our understanding of how human beings develop, learn, relate, and are formed. While the religion and science conversations have not always been friendly, a growing number of theologians and scientists are engaged in promising dialogues where the interests of both parties…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Religion, Brain, Religious Education
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Eschenauer, Donna – Religious Education, 2012
Memory and imagination, complex activities of the brain, act as the cornerstone for ritual prayer. These brain functions ground us in hope and aid in our discovery of what it means to be human at a deep level. This article explores the ritual of the Paschal Triduum, the Roman Catholic Church's highest expression of faith. It interprets the Triduum…
Descriptors: Imagination, Catholics, Memory, Brain
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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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Le Tran, Mai-Anh – Religious Education, 2009
The search for religious truth and depth in "fiction" invites a conceptualization of life and fictional narratives as "faith fictions"--narrative accounts of human experiences and the human condition that bridge this world and God. This article juxtaposes "Mother Crocodile", "Hunger", and "Lost in Translation" to highlight the ways in which they,…
Descriptors: Fiction, Folk Culture, Figurative Language, Religious Factors
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Rogers, Frank, Jr. – Religious Education, 2008
The author, a narrative arts educator, was teaching an after-school drama program to 11 abused boys in a residential treatment center. The program promised them the opportunity to tell and stage their own story. The author began by sharing a story about an abused boy he befriended in seminary who ended up killing himself. The following week, he…
Descriptors: Drama, Children, Emotional Response, Coping
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Copley, Terence – Religious Education, 2008
This article identifies different types of religious education, as different countries and cultures provide different rationales for the appearance or non-appearance of religion in the curriculum of their public schools. It examines the nature of indoctrination and four principal ways in which indoctrination operates. The possibility of secular…
Descriptors: Democracy, Religion, Religious Education, Religious Factors
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Brady, Judith Ann – Religious Education, 2006
This article examines the dramatic increase in poverty in the United States of America. An analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau for 2004 reveals the extent of poverty. The official poverty threshold is lower than what is needed for a person or family to provide for the necessities of life. The effects of poverty on women and children are…
Descriptors: Justice, Economically Disadvantaged, Poverty, Females
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Carmody, Brendan – Religious Education, 2003
Today, Zambia has a comparatively unified, somewhat exceptional, approach to religious education despite a wide variety of predominantly Christian denominations. This article retraces the history of the development of religious education from when it was entirely confessional to the present time when it has become largely educational. In so doing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religious Education, Cultural Pluralism, Teaching Methods
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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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Stahl, Wanda J. – Religious Education, 1997
Suggests an alternative to the traditional epistemological construction that defines the individual as the center of knowledge formation. Criticizes this approach for helping to perpetuate an individualistic culture often at odds with religious teachings. Outlines recent epistemologies, mostly offered by feminists, that challenge these theories.…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Educational Innovation, Educational Strategies, Epistemology
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