Participatory Learning: Religious Education in a Globalizing Society

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In many respects, children and youths receiving religious instruction in our culture resemble extraterrestrial beings doing an orientation course. Religion and religiosity are unknown quantities which they have hardly encountered at home. Religion seems something else, something greater. This book is a study of the foundations of religious education, centered around six concepts: religion in a globalizing society, religious tradition, religion, the religious self, learning through participation and inter-religious learning.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004130012
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/21/2003
  • Series: Empirical Studies in Theology Series, #9
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris A.M. Hermans is Professor of Identity of Catholic Schools and Religious Education at the Catholic University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Since 2001 he is also Scientific Director of the Institute of Catholic Education at the same university.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Religion in a Globalizing World 18
1.1 Globalization 19
1.2 Cultural changes in a globalizing society 32
1.3 Changes in religion 53
Ch. 2 Theological Reflection on Tradition 83
2.1 Time and space 85
2.2 Three rival concepts of tradition 92
2.3 God as (In)finite time and space 107
2.4 Marginality/the marginalized other 124
Ch. 3 Religion: Three Rival Conceptions 144
3.1 Religion: a contested concept 146
3.2 Religion as experience 159
3.3 Religion as language 168
3.4 Religion as practice 176
Ch. 4 A Socially Constructed Religious Self 206
4.1 Social construction of the self 208
4.2 The 'religious self' 221
4.3 Development of the religious self 248
Ch. 5 Learning From Participation 269
5.1 Participation as basic concept of the new learning 270
5.2 Premises of participatory learning 281
5.3 Learning and instruction 300
Ch. 6 Inter-religious Learning 334
6.1 Religious education in a pluralistic context 336
6.2 Towards a hermeneutics of inter-religious dialogue 349
6.3 Didactics of inter-religious learning 363
Bibliography 388
Index of Subjects 396
Index of Authors 403
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