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Hinton, Mary – Religious Education, 2008
This article investigates the joint losses of food and religious culture in the African-American community, which has had a significant impact on the African-American community. Beginning with a historical perspective on the role of food in both a religious and cultural context, the article offers an analysis of why the dual losses have occurred,…
Descriptors: Cultural Maintenance, African Americans, African American Culture, Religion
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Blount, Reginald – Religious Education, 2007
In this article, the author discusses the influence of conversations in the shaping of a person's life. He shares how some of the voices he heard early in his life, specifically those of his mother and his local pastor, had a profound impact on his life. These were conversations that taught him the value of doing the best that he could and of the…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Religious Education, Interpersonal Communication, Religion
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Court, Deborah – Religious Education, 2007
Culture connects people seamlessly with those who share their cultural backgrounds and divides them in often inexplicable ways from those who do not. Native culture is known largely at a tacit level, its values, assumptions, and beliefs so much a part of the people that they live them but do not see them. A cross-cultural experience can sometimes…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Personal Space, Nonverbal Communication, Jews
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Parker, Evelyn – Religious Education, 2006
In this article, the author discusses how contemporary popular culture influences religious meaning of people in pluralistic society. One such powerful media that influences religious beliefs is the television. Meaning making about faith, how people make meaning, and the nature of those meanings are central concerns of religious education and…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Religious Education, Popular Culture, Religion
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Horell, Harold D. – Religious Education, 2004
How should Christians address our often ambiguous and increasingly postmodern world? The article explores some of the ways cultural postmodernity is affecting Christian communities. The tendency to trivialize understandings of meaning and value is highlighted as one of the greatest challenges posed by the negative aspects of postmodernity. It is…
Descriptors: Postmodernism, Religious Education, Christianity, Religion
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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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Francis, Leslie J.; Evans, Thomas E. – Religious Education, 1996
Demonstrates a significant positive relationship between frequency of personal prayer and perceived purpose in life among adolescents in the United Kingdom. The study surveyed male and female adolescents who never attended church, and those who attended church regularly. Includes statistical tables for both groups. (MJP)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Cultural Influences, Foreign Countries, Individual Power
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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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