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<i>Religious Education</i>

Basil Mitchell

in Faith and Criticism

Published in print January 1995 | ISBN: 9780198267584
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683312 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267584.003.0007
Religious Education

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The problem of faith and criticism arises where there are rival systems of thought between which the individual has to choose. However, it is also necessary to recognize the force of criticisms and take them into account in the formulation of one's convictions. This applies equally to corporate bodies, with the rider that the two functions of safeguarding the faith and submitting it to criticism are often entrusted to groups of people who by temperament or training are suited to the one task or the other. This situation poses a problem for educators. There are some who would wish to keep religion out of moral education altogether, but whichever end one starts from, it is hard to see how this can be done. No religious education can be adequate which leaves the moral implications of religious faith unexplored, and if the education is to be predominantly Christian, this requires a study of Christian ethics.

Keywords: faith; criticism; religion; religious education; ethics

Chapter.  5717 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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