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Penn, David S. – Religious Education, 2018
Prevailing cultural views of adolescence are the product, this article argues, of a long, multidimensional process of social construction. Employing a double reading of this process, this article analyzes the difficulties religious educators face on account of the reified nature of this social construction. Drawing on philosophical and…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Role, Religious Education, Adolescents
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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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Shabani, Omid Payrow – Religious Education, 2011
The argument of this article is that the recent writing of Jurgen Habermas concerning the boundary of public reason offers the following advantages over the classic "liberal proviso": (1) It releases religious citizens from an undue cognitive burden; (2) It distributes the cognitive burden of justification symmetrically across the citizenry; and…
Descriptors: Role of Religion, Democracy, Politics, Religion
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Siejk, Cate – Religious Education, 2011
This article offers a response to two provocative questions about the relationship of theology to religious education posed by Norma Thompson in her Presidential address given at the annual meeting of APRRE in 1978. I offer contemporary answers to these questions from the perspective of a theological educator. First, I show how feminist theory and…
Descriptors: Feminism, Philosophy, Religious Education, Theological Education
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Miedema, Siebren – Religious Education, 2010
In this article a comparison is drawn between the way in which the pragmatist philosopher and pedagogue John Dewey addressed religious issues and his view on Religious Education in his poetic narratives and in his scholarly writings, especially in his "magnus opus" on religion, "A Common Faith". Do we gain deeper insight into Dewey's view on…
Descriptors: Religion, Religious Education, Comparative Analysis, Philosophy
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Scharer, Matthias – Religious Education, 2010
The author believes that the future of learning religion and religiously learning does not primary depend on new methods or medias transferring faith or religiosity to people's lives. It depends more on a change of theological awareness and of people's ways of theologizing in the midst of cultural flow in order to get a deeper understanding of the…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Religion, Foreign Countries, Philosophy
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Gilmour, Peter – Religious Education, 2008
In this article, the author shares how his dissatisfaction with religion textbooks led him to use novels as texts for his religion classes. Among the novels that he used were "To A God Unknown" by John Steinbeck, "The Stranger" by Albert Camus, "A Burnt-Out Case" by Graham Greene, "A Canticle for Leibowitz" by Walter M. Miller, Jr., and "Franny…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Religion, Interdisciplinary Approach, Art
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Hess, Carol Lakey – Religious Education, 2008
The art of fiction tells truth because it is the truth of life that goes into making good fiction: love, hate, fear, courage, delight, sorrow, betrayal, loyalty, confusion, choice, circumstance, luck, injustice. These essential qualities, says the author, are also the qualities of sound theology, with a sense of time and place; and raising…
Descriptors: Literature, Fiction, Religion, Philosophy
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O'Gorman, Kathleen – Religious Education, 2007
Our sacred scriptures tell us that all Creation groans in eager anticipation of God's grace. For those who are attentive to the voice of Creation, groaning in anticipation of deliverance is but one of the natural world's many modes of expression and communication. Creation sings, celebrates, instructs, and bears witness to the wisdom that orders…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Religious Factors, Philosophy, Environment
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Wright, Andrew – Religious Education, 2006
This article discusses the complex relationship between philosophy and theology. It is important to recognize that the major world religions developed--initially at least--independently of Western philosophy. Although a close reciprocal relationship between classical philosophy and Western monotheism developed in the Middle Ages, the impact of…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Philosophy, Religion, Hermeneutics
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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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