Promoting fundamentalist belief? How scripture is presented in three religious education programmes in Catholic primary schools in Australia and England and Wales

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Carswell, Margaret. (2018) Promoting fundamentalist belief? How scripture is presented in three religious education programmes in Catholic primary schools in Australia and England and Wales. British Journal of Religious Education. 40(3), pp. 288 - 297. https://doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2018.1493271
AuthorsCarswell, Margaret
Abstract

Regardless of what method is chosen for formal religious education, the fundamental principle of all catechetical activity in the Catholic Church is fidelity to the Word of God and the concrete needs of the faithful. This article will argue, however, that fidelity to the Word of God falls short of the requirements of the Catholic Church in the three religious education curriculum schemes that dominate current religious education in Australia and England and Wales. Utilising a set of ‘best practice’ principles drawn from documents of the Catholic Church and developed by the author in an unpublished doctoral thesis this article identifies and describes practices which misrepresent and distort Scripture. In its own terms, good hermeneutics should be a priority for Catholic religious education. This article reveals significant hermeneutical problems with prominent Catholic religious education programmes in three countries.

KeywordsScripture; religious education; fundamentalism; Catholic Schools; hermeneutics
Year2018
JournalBritish Journal of Religious Education
Journal citation40 (3), pp. 288 - 297
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0141-6200
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2018.1493271
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85052106770
Page range288 - 297
Research GroupSchool of Education
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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