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Palgrave Macmillan

Redefining Religious Education

Spirituality for Human Flourishing

ISBN 9781137378149
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This book is a unique collection of multi-disciplinary articles that develops the idea of religious education being directed primarily (but not exclusively) towards the spiritual insofar as it is part of a flourishing life. Redefining Religious Education explores questions including: How can we avoid making religious education merely an imparting of information about religion? How can we re-conceive religious education as nurturing the spiritual without rendering doctrinal? How can we make it relevant to young people in today's pluralistic and secular societies? The first part of the book argues the case from various theoretical points of view. The second part shows how different religious traditions can provide insight into the spiritual in (religious) education. The third part illustrates how some current innovative practices strive to cultivate spiritual development within a religious education curriculum in different parts of the world. The book hopes to invoke more creative and effective questioning concerning the part that religious education can play in enabling the flourishing of whole persons.

Scherto Gill is Executive Secretary and Research Fellow at the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, UK. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex. Scherto has published widely on education, in particular on the themes of human-centered education, and narrative and dialogic pedagogy.

Garrett Thomson is Compton Professor of Philosophy at the College of Wooster, USA. He is also CEO of the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, UK. He is the author of eighteen books including Needs, On the Meaning of Life, and Bacon to Kant.

1. Is Religious Education Possible?; Richard Pring
2. The Idea of Religious Experience; Garrett Thomson
3. Educating Persons: The Role of Religious Education; Marius Felderhof
4. Education, Religion and Spirituality – How Do They Fit?; Sharif Horthy
5. Education and Religion: Issues, Visions, and Best Practice; Katherine Marshall
6. Religion, Spirituality and Education for Human Flourishing: a Brahma Kumaris perspective; Maureen Goodman
7. Spiritual and Humanistic Education: Perspectives from Seon (Zen) practices; Jinwol Y. H. Lee
8. Religion, Spirituality and Education for Human Flourishing: Perspectives from the Sikh Dharam; Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh
9. The Creative Life: A Buddhist Perspective on Human Flourishing; Jamie Cresswell
10. Collaborative Study for Individual and Social Transformation: a Baha'i perspective; Ming Hwee Chong
11. An Exploration of Education About rReligions and Today's Spirituality: Is there a turning point in New Zealand education?; Jocelyn Armstrong
12. Grit in the Shoe or Pearl in the Oyster? A critique of the concept of 'spiritual development' for post-16 learners in English state education; John Breadon
13. Performative Religious Education: Re-vitalizing the forgotten experiential dimension of religion in West-European schools?; Bert Roebben
14. Pathways to the Spirit, the Search for Purpose, and Thriving in Life; David Streight
15. Keeping the Baby in While Throwing the Bathwater Out: the challenges of keeping spirituality in the new Quebec K-12 curriculum on Ethics and Religious Culture while de-confessionalising it; Patrice Brodeur
16. Learning to Live Together; Agneta Ucko
Conclusion. Religion, Spirituality and Human Flourishing

Richard Pring, University of Oxford, UK
Sharif Horthy, Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, UK
Marius Felderhof, University of Birmingham, UK
Katherine Marshall, George Town University and World Faiths Development Dialogue, UK
Maureen Goodman, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, USA
Jinwol Y. H. Lee, Dongguk University, Gyeongju, Korea
Bhai Sahib Dr Mohinder Singh, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, UK
Jamie Cresswell, Centre for Applied Buddhism, UK
Ming Hwee Chong, United Nations, USA
Jocelyn Armstrong, USA
John Breadon, Eton College, UK
Bert Roebben, Institut für Katholische Theologie, Germany
David Streight, Centre for Spiritual and Ethical Education, UK
Professor Patrice Brodeur, University of Montreal, Canada
Agneta Ucko, Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children, Switzerland


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