Critical Religious Education: Multiculturalism and the Pursuit of Truth

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Traditionally, religious education has been seen as the process through which a religious community or nation-state transmits core beliefs and values to its children. Across Europe and America, this has largely involved the transmission of Christianity—with the emergence of multicultural societies, however, religious education has been transformed into a process through which children learn about different religious traditions that coexist alongside their own. However, critics of this new liberal religious education feel such an approach leads to questions of ultimate truth at the core of religious belief being ignored in an effort to nurture values of freedom and tolerance. Critical Religious Education explores the possibility of reintroducing questions of religious truth and truthful living into a pluralistic society and classroom.

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Andrew Wright is senior lecturer in religious and theological education at King’s College, London. He has served as chair of the Association of University Lecturers in Religious Education and has advised the Department of Education and Skills on religious education within England and Wales.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Concepts and Context

1 Truth and truthfulness 7

2 Political liberalism 29

Pt. II The Nature and Task of Religious Education

3 Classical religious education 55

4 Liberal religious education 79

5 Critical religious education 104

Pt. III A Heuristic Framework

6 Ontology: the ultimate order of things 131

7 Semantics: the language of life 158

8 Hermeneutics: understanding reality 181

9 Epistemology: wrestling with truth 207

Pt. IV Theory and Practice

10 The pedagogy of learning 233

References 261

Index 277

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