First published in 1984. John M. Hull was a leading figure in the controversies which had surrounded religious education since the late 1960s. This book brings together in one volume 21 of his published papers and articles, which had previously appeared in journals, conferences, reports and books in Belgium, Australia, Canada, the United States, as well as the United Kingdom. This book is essential reading for all teachers, clergy, parents and students seriously concerned with the issues confronting religious education and Christian upbringing in our secular and pluralist world.
Introduction: Studies in Religion and Education; Part One: Religious Education and School Worship; 1. Worship and the Curriculum 2. Worship and Education; Part Two: The Nature of Religious Education; 3. From Christian Nurture to Religious Education: The British Experience 4. Religious Education in a Pluralist Society 5. The Integration of Religious Education and Some Problems of Authority 6. Agreed Syllabuses, Past, Present and Future 7. Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Religious Education 8. Religious Indoctrination in the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus? 9. The Birmingham Agreed Syllabus 10. Christian Nurture, Stances for Living, or Plain RE; Part Three: Methods in Teaching Religion; 11. The Theology of Themes 12. Theme Teaching as a Method of Religious Education 13. History, Experience and Theme in Religious Education 14. Perennial Symbols: Preparing to Teach Religion through Life-Themes; Part Four: Religious Education and Christian Commitment; 15. Open Minds and Empty Hearts? Convergent and Divergent Teaching of Religion 16. The Divergent Teacher, the Plural Society and the Christian Faith 17. Christian Faith and the Open Approach to Religious Education 18. Christian Nurture and Critical Openness; Part Five: Christian Theology and Educational Theory; 19. Christian Theology and Educational Theory: Can There Be Connections? 20. What Is Theology of Education? 21. The Value of the Individual Child and the Christian Faith; Index