First published in 1978. The world religions movement gave way to a new form of religious education which was wide ranging in content and open in approach. This development raised a number of issues. How broad should the syllabus be? Should Humanism and Marxism be included? How should Christianity be taught? What role has the believer of any one faith in the teaching of RE? As curriculum development gathers momentum so the need to discuss such questions becomes urgent. This book is devoted to examining the place of world faiths in education by members of a variety of faiths. It will help students and teachers to think their way through the many challenges facing RE today.
The book argues a new framework for the subject. The contributors hope that they have provided a sign-post pointing to a future in which all who are concerned that children should grow up with an understanding of the ultimate meaning of life, whatever their own faiths, may be able to work together to make the subject vital and worthwhile.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part One; 1. Towards a Total View of Religion in School Owen Cole 2. Approaching Someone Else’s Beliefs – Some Criteria Owen Cole 3. The Problem of Commitment Edward Hulmes 4. Please, Sir, Do You Believe in God? Brian Gates; Part Two; 5. Why World Religions – and Which? A Beginning, a Middle and an End Owen Cole 6. Bangles, Beads and Fairy Tales: The Use of Ritual Objects outside their Faith Context Owen Cole 7. A Thematic Approach to Teaching World Religions Roy Pitcher 8. World Religions in the Multi-Faith School Owen Cole 9. Dialogue and Religious Education Owen Cole 10. Teaching about Buddhism Dave Williams 11. Teaching about Marxism David Naylor and Jaroslav Krejci 12. What about Christianity? Owen Cole; Part Three; 13. Religious Education: A Humanist Insight Harry Stopes-Roe 14. Religious Education: A Jewish Insight Douglas Charing 15. Religious Education: A Muslim Insight Riadhe el-Droubie 16. Removing the Illogicalities Owen Cole; Appendix: Teaching World Religions in England and Wales Brian Gates; Booklist; Index