- Subject index
This book provides an authoritative, yet accessible guide to the philosophy of education, its scope, its key thinkers and movements, and its potential contribution to a range of educational concerns. The text offers a balanced view of three key dimensions: first, in giving an equal weight to different styles and modes of philosophy; second, by including past and present perspectives on philosophy of education; and third, in covering both the general “perennial” issues in philosophy and issues of more contemporary concern.
Chapter 30: Religious Education
For the ancients, the idea that the processes of education should be concerned with the claims and contents of religious belief was a self-evident truth. Knowledge of the gods, their stories, the various orders of being over which they presided, their laws for human behaviour and the rituals and practices associated with devotion to them were integral elements of learning and teaching for all who received a formal education. Effective understanding of religious doctrines in such cultures was not only regarded as vital to full and successful participation in society but also was frequently seen as essential in securing the eternal destiny of individuals beyond this life whether that destiny lay in spiritual union with the gods, future incarnations or passage to ...