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Maritain, Religion, and Education

A Theocentric Humanism Approach

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Luz M. Ibarra

Maritain, Religion, and Education: A Theocentric Humanism Approach offers a comprehensive study of Jacques Maritain’s philosophy of education as applied to the specific field of religious education. This book demonstrates that his philosophy is still relevant and that the philosophical-religious idea of the human person is an indispensable point of departure for any educational theory, particularly in the field of religious education. Maritain’s theocentric humanism stresses not only the relation of God and humanity but that of humanity and the world. His thinking fosters unity – by considering the human person as unity – with religious education becoming a liberating process that conforms to the goal of religious education: to deliver persons from all obstacles to union with God by fostering the spiritual life of religious educators and society alike.

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:AUS dd.qxd 12/11/2012 5:06 AM Page 1 M aritain , R eligion , an d Education Ib arra vii • 326 www.peter lang.com PETER LA N G Maritain, Religion, and Education A Theocentric Humanism Approach L U Z M . I B A R R A A M E R I C A N U N I V E R S I T Y S T U D I E S A M E R I C A N U N I V E R S I T Y S T U D I E S Maritain, Religion, and Education: A Theocentric Humanism Approach offers a com- prehensive study of Jacques Maritain’s philosophy of education as applied to the specific field of religious education. This book demonstrates that his philosophy is still relevant and that the philosophical-religious idea of the human person is an indispensable point of departure for any educational theory, particularly in the field of religious education. Maritain’s theocentric humanism stresses not only the relation of God and humanity but that of humanity and the world. His thinking fosters unity—by considering the human person as unity—with religious education becoming a liberating process that conforms to the goal of religious education: to deliver persons from all obstacles to union with God by fostering the spiritual life of religious educators and society alike. “Jacques Maritain is a classic figure in Catholic philosophy of education as well as other areas of philosophy. His educational theory is admirably served by the careful exposition...

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