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Christian Religious Education: Sharing Our Story and Vision Paperback – January 22, 1999
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"Christian Religious Education is one of the most important books -if not the most important-on Christian education published during the last fifty years." --Don Browning, University of Chicago, coauthor, From Culture Wars to Common Ground: Religion and the American Family Debate
"Whether returning Christian Religious Education or reading it for the first time, readers will discover freshness leaping from the page; you will soon know why this formative book of the past is a beacon for the future-informative, inspiring, and wise!" --Mary Elizabeth Moore, professor of theology and Christian education, Claremont School of Theology
"Tom Groome combines the great masters of the past with the most creative innovators of the present to provide us with a modern day classic." --Virgilio P. Elizondo, founder, Mexican American Cultural Center
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Particularly useful is Groome's articulation of the shared praxis approach to religious education in the fourth section of the book. This attitude toward religious education (Groome would be hesitant to call it a method) puts the entire lived experiences of individuals and groups of people in critical and constructive dialogue with the Story, understood as the entirety of the Christian faith tradition, and the Vision, Groome's term for God's vision of creation and the kingdom of God and the lived response that this invites from people of faith, of Christianity. In his description of the shared praxis approach, I found much that affirmed and put words to some of my current educational practice, as well as ideas that challenged me to reconsider various aspects of my teaching style.Read more ›
He suggested that the Shared Praxis approach is the most reasonable way to do Christian religious education.
There are five components or movements in shared praxis. They are (1) present action, (2) critical reflection, (3) dialogue, (4) the Christian Story, and (5) the Vision that arises from that Story. It is in the present time that action takes place. Action is a reflection of our self. Hence critical reflection of such action in terms of past Christian tradition, present situation and the future of what is hoped for in the Kingdom. This is to be done within the context of the Christian Story. The hope is the Vision of the educational outcome. Groome summarised with "Christian religious education by shared praxis can be described as a group of Christians sharing in dialogue their critical reflection on present action in light of the Christian Story and its Vision toward the end of lived Christian faith."(p.184)
It is an innovative approach to Christian religious education and a viable alternative to the more traditional schooling approach.
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Good to read, but I think he goes in the wrong direction. Valuable insight into another point of view though.Published 1 month ago by Joshua
A powerful framework for religious education that can deepen and emancipate the soul of the seeker.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love it and read it for my studies of the Christian Education course at the Adelaide College of Divinity..Published 11 months ago by susan caton
Groome has some very practical ideas which can easily be implemented in the classroom, I have found, without too much effort. Read morePublished on January 10, 2005 by Melekali