Welcome to my church: faith‑practitioners and the representation of religious traditions in secular RE

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Abstract

The paper notices that faith-practitioners’ involvement, as visiting speakers or study-visit hosts, is a recommended teaching strategy in secular RE. It examines problems of authentic representation of religious traditions in secular RE and evaluates the extent to which faithpractitioners’ involvement as a learning strategy can address authentic representation of religions as a learning principle. Empirical data for the paper is drawn from four qualitative interviews with faith-practitioners from diferent Christian denominations about their preferred representations of Christianity during secular RE study-visits to their churches. The paper fnds that faith-practitioners’ preferred representations can be categorised as insiderinstitutional (denominational) and insider-personal. Together, these types of representation can complement authenticity in the representation of religions in RE because they ofer particular, rather than generalised, accounts of religious traditions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Religious Education
Early online date1 Oct 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Oct 2020

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