H C Summers


South African state schools have begun to admit pupils from different linguistic, cultural, religious and political backgrounds. This could raise problems for Religious Education which traditionally has been instruction in the Christian faith rather than education in religion. If the subject is to gain credibility a new approached must be adopted, one which has the aim of concealing people from different backgrounds. Suggestions are made as to how this could be done, viz, a study of the world’s major religions as a way of inculcating attitudes of tolerance and respect, an emphasis on the importance of inter-personal relations, as well as God’s demands for justice and righteousness. If this line of approach is followed not only will the person-building potential of Religious Education be realised, but the subject could make a contribution to the policy of reconciliation.


religious education

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