Spiritual Education: Cultural, Religious and Social Differences

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This volume is intended to break new ground and provide a key text for debates on spiritual education in the twenty-first century. Issues of cultural, religious, gender and social differences are addressed in research and pedagogical terms. Also explored are the ways in which faith traditions and secular stances contribute to values and understanding of human purpose.
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Overview

This volume is intended to break new ground and provide a key text for debates on spiritual education in the twenty-first century. Issues of cultural, religious, gender and social differences are addressed in research and pedagogical terms. Also explored are the ways in which faith traditions and secular stances contribute to values and understanding of human purpose.
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“An excellent resource for academics and spiritual directors… Recommended.”  —Choice

“An important contribution to the discussion of spiritual development.”  —International Journal of Children’s Spirituality

“The spirituality of children is completely ignored in most classrooms. This is a fundamental oversight in education today, and our children are less than they could be because of that oversight.”  —The Journal of Psychology and Theology

“An important resource for faculty and students.”  —Religious Studies Review

From the Publisher
“An excellent resource for academics and spiritual directors… Recommended.”  —Choice

“An important contribution to the discussion of spiritual development.”  —International Journal of Children’s Spirituality

“The spirituality of children is completely ignored in most classrooms. This is a fundamental oversight in education today, and our children are less than they could be because of that oversight.”  —The Journal of Psychology and Theology

“An important resource for faculty and students.”  —Religious Studies Review

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Religious and Theological Approaches
1 The Nonverbal Nature of Spirituality and Religious Language 9
2 When Your Children Ask - A Jewish Theology of Childhood 22
3 Toward a Pedagogy of the Sacred: Transcendence, Ethics, and the Curriculum 34
4 Who Nurtured the Child? Without attachment there can be no intimacy 48
5 Children, Doorposts and Hearts: How can and should the religious traditions respond to spirituality in a postmodern setting? 63
6 Listening to ... listening for ...: A Theological Reflection on Spirituality in Early Childhood 76
7 Youth Spirituality as a Response to Cultural Crisis 88
Pt. II Psychological and Anthropological Approaches
8 Spirituality versus Individualism: The Challenge of Relational Consciousness 104
9 Storytelling, Voice and Qualitative Research: Spirituality as a Site of Ambiguity and Difficulty 118
10 Religious Nurture and Young People's Spirituality: Reflections on Research at the University of Warwick 130
11 The Corruption of Innocence and the Spirituality of Dissent: Postcolonial Perspectives on Spirituality in a World of Violence 143
12 "Theory of mind" of "Theory of the soul?" The Role of Spirituality in Children's Understanding of Minds and Emotions 156
13 The Prospects of Spirituality in a Globalized, Technologized World 170
14 The Experience of Religious Varieties: William James and the Postmodern Age 184
Pt. III Pedagogical Approaches
15 Spirituality and the Notion of Citizenship in Education 198
16 Postmodernism, Spirituality and Education in Late Modernity 207
17 Searching for the Spirit 220
18 Autism and Childhood Spirituality 234
19 Youth and Adulthood in Children's and Adults' Perspectives 248
20 The Conflict between Pedagogical Effectiveness and Spiritual Development in Catholic Schools 260
21 The Spiritual Education of Khoja Shi'a Ithnasheeri (KSI) Youth: The Challenges of Diaspora 276
Conclusion 289
List of Contributors 292
Index 297
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