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
Pages (from-to)289-303
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Religious Education
Volume68
Issue number3
Early online date1 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

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