Re-imagining Religious Education
What is religious education?
The song "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" is a good example of human words about God's activity.
Some years ago, when students were surveyed about the meaning and significance of the song, most admitted that they did not think of the song as a prayer. Many enjoyed singing the song because it brought people together.
The purpose of knowledge is to enlighten students' experiences so that they are enriched by them. Our task as RE teachers is to help students spell out the meaning of their experiences and their truths (CS, 27).
- to learn the teachings of the Gospel
- to develop 'a sense of the nature of Christianity' and of 'how Christians are trying to live their lives' (1999, p.27).
Religious education ... is a means of handing on the Christian Faith .... It makes the Gospel present in a personal process of cultural, systematic and critical assimilation.
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