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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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Anderson, E. Byron – Religious Education, 1997
Considers the defining role of ritual liturgical practices (hymn singing, prayer, sacred meal) in establishing and maintaining the faith of a religious community. Argues that liturgical practices (acting as formative and catechesis agents) are critical, constitutive, and normative for persons and communities of faith. (MJP)
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Choral Music, Church Programs, Cultural Activities
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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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Wimberly, Anne Streaty – Religious Education, 1996
Examines the ways in which African Americans link personal stories with biblical and heritage stories to decide future life directions. Maintains that these activities help people develop a spirituality of hope and restore relational contexts for storytelling and story listening in an age where these contexts have disappeared. (MJP)
Descriptors: Black Culture, Blacks, Cultural Background, Cultural Influences
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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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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
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Bowman, Lorna M. A. – Religious Education, 1996
Discusses the educational philosophy of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus and its impact upon the women of Nigeria and Ghana. This religious instruction allowed them to attain a liberated means of self-expression and leadership faithful to their cultural heritage as African women and their formation as Christians. (MJP)
Descriptors: African Culture, Consciousness Raising, Cultural Influences, Females