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Religion in Personal Development

An Analysis and a Prescription


Harold A. Buetow

Religion is in the forefront of current discussions about such areas as teacher preparation, parental duties, the rights of church-affiliated schools, values education, full personal growth, the proliferation of crime, moral aberrations, the loss of personal identity, and society's concerns. But what is religion? And what is the testimony to its importance from such fields as philosophy, history, anthropology, sociology, and psychology? Can today's renewed interest in ethics be satisfied without reference to religion? If systematic exposure to religion is necessary for wholeness, can it be fulfilled by learning about religion, or must it be by way of witness and commitment? May current graduates of schools without religion systematically in their curriculum be said to be educated, or must they be said to be only schooled? How does one satisfactorily include religion in government schools? In denominational schools?
The Author: Harold A. Buetow, Professor Emeritus of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., received his doctoral degree from that institution and his law degree from the Columbus School of Law. His teaching experience began many years ago on elementary and secondary school levels, and then over a period of many years teaching adult education, higher education, and various colleges. In the latter enterprises he was also involved in many aspects of administration. He has published many articles and books (his books receiving several awards), travelled widely in many countries, acted as advisor to several institutions, and lectured at colleges, before academic societies, and on radio and television.