RELIGION AND VALUES: WHAT WENT WRONG?

Gordon Mitchell

Abstract


In this paper it is argued that ’transmission teaching’ an educational model of the all-knowing teacher who imparts religious values, should be replaced by a model in which dialogue is central. Support for such a contention is found in the works of John Colenso, post-colonial developments in religious education in sub-Saharan Africa and in the rise of ‘people’s education’ in South Africa. A consequence of the emphasis on dialogue for religious education is that this must include, at the very least, interaction with all the religious traditions to be found in the country. The theological problem that some might have in accepting any idea of multi-faith religious education is overcome by recognition of the difference between catechism which is the responsibility of the church and religious education which is more properly in the hands of those accountable to the community as a whole.


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values

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/41-0-1676

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