On Holy Ground: The Theory and Practice of Religious Education

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On Holy Ground: The Theory and Practice of Religious Education

Format:  Hardcover,

192 pages

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publish Date: Jun 2013

ISBN-13: 9780415517102

ISBN-10: 0415517109

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Religion has had notable and renewed prominence in contemporary public and political life. Religious questions have also been freshly examined in philosophy and theology, the natural sciences, the social sciences, psychology, phenomenology, politics and the arts. These fields reflect complex, multi-disciplinary understandings of religion, some hostile, some accommodating. For religious education this has all contributed to its own international renaissance. Religious education, in ensuring it is contemporary, shares with these fields the same criticality, the same distance between the study of religion and the religious life.

Yet what are the "grounds" of this modern religious education? Through a systematic historical and contemporary cross-disciplinary analysis, answering this question is the ambitious task of the book.

Chapters include:

  • philosophy, theology and religious education
  • the natural sciences and religious education
  • the social sciences and religious education
  • psychology, spirituality and religious education
  • phenomenology and religious education
  • the politics of religious education
  • the aesthetics of religious education.

The central problem of all modern religious education remains this: what are the "grounds "of religious education when religious education is no longer grounded in the religious life, in the "life" of the holy? Although this primarily appears to be an epistemological problem, it soon becomes a moral and existential one. The book will be of key interest to teachers, theorists and researchers working in religious education.

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Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publish Date: Jun 2013
ISBN-13: 9780415517102
ISBN-10: 0415517109
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 0.75

Chapter outline

On holy groundp. 1
Philosophy, theology and religious educationp. 16
The natural sciences and religious educationp. 44
The social sciences and religious educationp. 58
Psychology, spirituality and religious educationp. 76
Phenomenology and religious educationp. 100
The politics of religious educationp. 111
The aesthetics of religious educationp. 132
The holy and the idea of the holyp. 149
Referencesp. 169
Indexp. 209

Book description

Religion has had notable and renewed prominence in contemporary public and political life. Religious questions have also been freshly examined in philosophy and theology, the natural sciences, the social sciences, psychology, phenomenology, politics and the arts. These fields reflect complex, multi-disciplinary understandings of religion, some hostile, some accommodating. For religious education this has all contributed to its own international renaissance. Religious education, in ensuring it is contemporary, shares with these fields the same criticality, the same distance between the study of religion and the religious life.

Yet what are the grounds of this modern religious education? Through a systematic historical and contemporary cross-disciplinary analysis, answering this question is the ambitious task of the book.

Chapters include:

  • philosophy, theology and religious education
  • the natural sciences and religious education
  • the social sciences and religious education
  • psychology, spirituality and religious education
  • phenomenology and religious education
  • the politics of religious education
  • the aesthetics of religious education.

The central problem of all modern religious education remains this: what are the grounds of religious education when religious education is no longer grounded in the religious life, in the life of the holy? Although this primarily appears to be an epistemological problem, it soon becomes a moral and existential one. The book will be of key interest to teachers, theorists and researchers working in religious education.

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