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Summa Theologiae: Not Just Mickey Mouse


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 Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Black, R (Professor Rufus Black)
ID Code:125915
Year Published:1999
Deposited By:Vice-Chancellors Office
Deposited On:2018-05-15
Last Modified:2018-05-15

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