Teaching That Transforms: Worship as the Heart of Christian Education

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Demonstrates the necessity of putting worship at the center of Christian education and formation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556350993
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Debra Dean Murphy is Adjunct Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Meredith College and director of Christian education at Fuquay-Varine United Methodist Church, a 1,500-member congregation in suburban Raleigh, North Carolina. She holds a PhD in theological and religious studies from Drew University .

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Table of Contents

Prologue 9
Part 1 The Problem with Religious Education
1 Understanding Religion: Religious Education as Quest for Transcendence 29
The Invention of Religion
Getting Outside Ourselves: The Fallacy of Perspective
Splitting the Difference: Jews and Christians in Dialogue
2 Freedom and Justice for All: Religious Education as Modern Project 49
Religious Education as Spiritual Endeavor
Christian Education and the Kingdom of God
Freedom For and Freedom From
Christian Religious Education and the Cause of Justice
Justice, Love, and the Common Good
3 Faith and the Public Good: Religious Education as Responsible Citizenship 73
The Bible and Religious Education
"Has God Only One Blessing?" Judaism in Christian Terms
Repairing the World
The "Public Church": Citizenship and Discipleship
Part 2 Pedagogy without Apology
4 Worship and Catechesis: Knowledge, Desire, and Christian Formation 97
Knowledge and Conversion
Knowledge and Worship
Knowledge and Difference
Knowledge and Communion
Knowledge and the Triune God
Knowledge and Discipleship
Knowledge and Desire
5 Entrance: What We Bring with Us to Worship 117
Consumerism, Narcissism, and the Therapeutic Sensibility
Church, Consumerism, and the Loss of Embodiment
Nationalism and Christianity
"O Say Can You See": Nationalism, Worship, and Christian Formation
6 Proclamation and Response: The Formative Power of Word and Water 143
Preaching as Formation: Shaping Character and Community
Preaching and Imagination: Transforming Vision
Preaching and Catechesis: Challenging the Myths
Preaching as Counterformation: Reshaping Character and Community
Response to the Word: Baptism and Identity
Baptismal Crisis: Family Idolatry and the Dangers of Parody
Baptismal Catechesis: Christian Initiation in the Early Church
Extraliturgical Catechesis: Teaching about the Baptismal Life
7 Thanksgiving and Communion: The Formative Power of Prayer and Eucharist 173
The Opening Prayer: "Collecting" Ourselves before God
Prayers of Confession: Telling the Truth about Ourselves
Prayers of the People: Remembering the World before God
The Eucharist as Imaginative Act
Strategic Imagination: Ritual and Resistance
The Great Thanksgiving: Prayer and Communion
Eucharistic Catechesis: Teaching about Communion
8 Sending Forth: The Liturgy after the Liturgy 209
Sent Forth: Liturgy and Ethics, Worship and Witness
Sent Forth: Catechesis after the Liturgy
Notes 221
Works Cited 247
Acknowledgments 255
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