Ghiloni, Aaron J.
John Dewey among the Theologians
with a Foreword by Terry A. Veling
Year of Publication: 2012
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2012. XIV, 283 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-1823-4 hb. (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-4539-0589-0 (eBook)
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John Dewey's fame as an educational theorist is matched by his infamy as a critic of traditional religion. This interdisciplinary work explores Dewey's philosophy of education in correlation with Christian theology, proposing that we see «theology as education». In conversation with Friedrich Schleiermacher (the father of modern theology), St. Benedict (the founder of Western monasticism), and Rowan Williams (the renowned archbishop of Canterbury), this innovative and accessible book develops a distinctive «Deweyan theology». John Dewey among the Theologians will be welcomed by readers interested in interdisciplinary theology, educational theory, religious education, and pragmatism.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
Aaron J. Ghiloni received his PhD from The University of Queensland and is on the faculty of Trinity Theological College in Brisbane, Australia. He is a member of the John Dewey Society.
«Wonderfully well-written, thoughtful, and shows an exceptionally strong understanding of John Dewey. Extending Dewey's suggestion we consider 'philosophy as education,' Aaron J. Ghiloni places Dewey in creative dialogue to explore the possibility of theology as educational. Whether or not you agree with any particular point, you will come away convinced the age of revelation has not passed.» (James W. Garrison, Professor of Philosophy of Education, Virginia Tech, and Past President of the John Dewey Society)
«Aaron J. Ghiloni's work shows precisely how a John Deweyan, education-centered, non-institution-bound theology could be done today - a theology, he shows, already largely supplied by Schleiermacher, echoed in part by the likes of St. Benedict, Rowan Williams, and theologians of many stripes today. An exquisitely accurate, well-grounded account, fetchingly open-minded and articulate, eminently practical.» (Terrence N. Tice, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan)
«Aaron J. Ghiloni's in-depth research in theology and education has resulted in a remarkable book in which he interprets John Dewey's pragmatic, naturalistic, transactional philosophy as providing a basis for thinking theologically. Taken in this way, both education and religion are seen as dynamic social forces which evolve from the reconstruction or transformation of real life, on-going human experiences. This is an important book for both professional educators and theologians who want to make a positive difference in their disciplines.» (Houston Burnside, Emeritus Professor of Education, San Diego State University)