Black, R, Summa Theologiae: Not Just Mickey Mouse, Eureka Street, Jesuit Publications, Melbourne, Australia, 9, 1, pp. 15. ISSN 1036-1758. (1999) [Magazine Article]
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Where are all the young people? For the church in Australia, this is a question of survival. Obviously, church decline is a complex phenomenon: the causes are many and the patterns varied. But as a chaplain of a university college, I can see at least one of the gaping holes through which the future of the church is pouring. For so many students, nothing makes religion seem irrelevant more quickly than the religious education programs they encountered at school.
I recently surveyed, on behalf of a church committee, the offering in the schools of my own denomination. The picture, though not entirely uniform, was bleak and explanatory. Remarkably few of the programs were adequately informed by contemporary religious thought, and programs were in fact contemporary only in the graphics adult educationalists believe children will think 'cool'. This problem was compounded by an almost colouringhook level of intellectual demand: little wonder so many students regard R.E. classes as a spare and a time to test the patience of teachers. Contrary to the best teaching methods in other subjects, many programs are primarily catechetical and do little to encourage independent and critical thought. Add to this the scarcity of trained teachers.
|Item Type:||Magazine Article|
|Research Division:||Philosophy and Religious Studies|
|Research Field:||Philosophy not elsewhere classified|
|Objective Division:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Group:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Field:||Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies|
|Author:||Black, R (Professor Rufus Black)|
|Deposited By:||Vice-Chancellors Office|
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