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Teaching Religion, Teaching Truth

Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

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Edited By Jeff Astley, Leslie J. Francis, Mandy Robbins and Mualla Selçuk

Religious educators today are called upon to enable young people to develop as fully-rounded human beings in a multicultural and multifaith world. It is no longer sufficient to teach about the history of religions: religion is not relegated to the past. It is no longer sufficient to teach about the observable outward phenomena of religions: religion is not restricted to practices, artefacts, and buildings observable in the outside world. It is also necessary to take seriously what religions believe about themselves, and what religions believe about other religions.
Seen from the inside, religions deal in the currency of truth. For the religions themselves, truth matters. Truth-claims can lead to harmony and peace, but they may also engender discord and violence. What ultimately counts is how one set of truth-claims confronts or embraces the truths claimed by other, different voices. Therefore those who teach religion cannot avoid dealing with the theology of religions.
In this collection of original essays, religious educators shaped by both Christian and Islamic worldviews discuss the problems and opportunities that now face educators and believers alike, as they are confronted by the challenge of teaching religion and teaching truth. The discussion nurtured at the sixteenth conference of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values is here developed further, to stimulate wider reflection and shape good local practice.

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Index of Names Abbott, W. M. 28 Abdel Haleem, M. A. S. 104 Adnan Davudi, S. 132 Ahmed Zavi, T. 132 Aksakal, A. A. 115, 117 al-Cevheri, E. N. I. 122, 132 Ali, W. 187, 188, 190, 202 al-Isfahani, al-R. 122, 132 al-Razi, F. al-D. 124, 132 Altaş, N. 96, 104 Appelros, E. 245, 259 Argyle, M. 225, 236 Aristotle 53, 57, 59 Arslan, Z. Ş. 4 Arweck, E. 4, 136, 137, 145, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153 Aşikoğlu, N. 117 Aslan, E. 33, 44 Astley, J. 7, 34, 44, 203, 222, 223, 226, 236, 249, 250, 253, 259, 260, 261 Ata, A. 136, 141, 142, 152 Atkinson, T. 202, 203 Avis, J. 208, 219 Axinn, W. G. 136, 150, 153 Axworthy, T. 47, 59 Balasuriya, T. 25, 27 Ballard, P. H. 32, 44 Barnes, L. P. 224, 260 Basinger, D. 242, 251, 260 Bass, D. 83, 89 Bass, D. C. 261 Bates, D. 46 Bates, M. 208, 221 Batson, C. D. 225, 237 Baumann, G. 136, 152 Baumeister, R. F. 237, 238 Becher, H. 136, 152 Becker, L. B. 223, 237 Benedict XVI, Pope see Ratzinger, J. Benner, D. 42, 44 Berger, P. L. 35, 44 Bhaskar, R. 245, 260 Bigelow, E. D. 208, 219 Binsse, H. L. 60 Blacker, D. 56, 59 Blair, C. 54, 60 Bloom, A. 56, 60 Borg, M. J. 253, 260 Borradori, G. 49, 60 Boyd, R. 83, 84, 85, 89 Boys, M. 83, 89 Brown, C. 78, 79, 89 Brzezinski, Z. 108,...

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