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Maritain, Religion, and Education

A Theocentric Humanism Approach


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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Index of Themes 193


INDEX OF THEMES CATHOLIC EDUCATION: Catholic term 17, Christian term 18; Christian pedagogy 78–80; primary force of 171; coherence of 2, 81 Aristotelian-Thomist philosophy 47; Aristotelian position 148 Contributions to 20; cultural and spiritual heritage 20; to be a Chris- tian 98; Catholic school 2; educators 79; task and mission of a Christian teacher 109; new Christianity 72; divine love and fraternal love 123; religious proselytism 79; secularization 155; educational pluralism 17 Christian intelligence 138; intellectual and practical knowledge 18, 123; pluralistic world 79; pluralist 122, spirit of Christ 110; love and friendship 110 CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION: definition 2–4, 7, 78; Christian philosophy 24; Christian philosophy of education 120; point of departure 3; fundamental principles 19; definition of truth 108; applied to religious education 3, need for one 3, validity 18; relevant 6; function of philosophy 11; Christian philosophy of education and Christian religious education 77 philosophy of life 20; way to live 20, outlook of life 77; Catholic philosophers 27, 124 values: life values 20; methaphysical values 37; moral values 20; moral power of reason 133; re-establish the real hierarchy of being 37; love, generosity, service and hope 112, ethical responsibility to society 89 CONQUEST OF FREEDOM: Aristotleʼs conception 93, Aquinasʼ concept 129 natural aspiration for 92; personal freedom 86; truth related 162; related to God 128; independence 128; responsibility 163; intelligence and free will 88; seeking and finding truth set free 163 internal and spiritual 92–93, 110, 115, 128–130, 152; civilizing the...

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