Education, Religion and Society celebrates the career of Professor John Hull, a leading figure in the transformation of religious education in English and Welsh schools, and co-founder of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values. He has also made major contributions to the theology of disability and the theological critique of the 'money culture'.
Leading international scholars join together to offer a critical appreciation of his contribution to religious education and practical theology, and explore the continuing debate about the role of religious education in promoting international understanding, intercultural education and human rights. The contributors also deal with indoctrination, racism and relationship in Christian religious issues, and examine aspects of the theology of social exclusion and disability.
This unique book includes a complete list of John Hull's writings up to the beginning of 2005 providing both an excellent introduction to contemporary issues of religious education in the West, and the most complete critical account yet of his work.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Religious Education, Pluralism and Global Community Introduction 1. Religious Education and International Understanding 2. Intercultural Education and Religious Education: A changing relationship 3. The Contribution of Philosophy of Religion to Religious Education 4. The Teaching of Human Rights in Religious Education: The case of Genocide 5. Open Minds, Ongoing Heritage, Open Future: The educational theology of John Hull Part 2. Current Issues in Christian Education and Practical Theology Introduction 6. Christian Education and the Charge of Indoctrination: A German perspective 7. Telling a New Story: Reconfiguring Christian education for the challenges of the twenty-first century 8. The Concept of Relationship and its Centrality to Religious Education 9. Perceiving Self Deception in Teaching and Learning 10. From Conflict to Community 11. Does the Church Need the Bible? Reflections on the experiences of disabled people Part 3. Religious Education: Theory and Practice Introduction 12. Children as Theologians: Developmental psychology and inter-religious education 13. Strangeness in Inter-religious Classroom Communication: Research on the ‘Gift to the Child’ material 14. Playful Orthodoxy: Religious education’s solution to pluralism 15. The Role of Dialogue in Religious Education: A Russian perspective 16. Is there a Place for Youth in Religious Education? 17. Religious Education and the Life-World of Young People: Psychological perspectives
Dennis Bates has lectured in, and held post of responsibility for, religious studies, religious education and continuing professional teacher education in the former Humberside College of Higher Education (now the University of Lincoln) and Manchester Metropolitan University. Recently retired, he is an honorary research fellow in the University of Birmingham School of Education.
Gloria Durka is Professor of Religious Education at Fordham University, New York and has served as the President of the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education.
Frierich Schweitzer is Professor of Religious Education and Practical Theology at the Protestant Faculty, Tübingen University.
'For the quality of many of its individual essays...no less for the excellent editorial contributions by Dennis Bates, this book deserves the widest possible readership.' - British Journal of Religious Education