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"Anyone tugged by the calling at the heart of education or religious life can only cheer for the republication of this classic book." --Robert Kegan, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"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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Blends the best contemporary biblical scholarship, theology, and theories of education to give a coherent account of the nature, purpose, context, method, stages, and role of teachers in Christian education. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass (February 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787947857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787947859
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A basic how-to guide for religious education this book is not. However, I feel strongly that anyone involved in Christian religious education should encounter Groome's work because he so clearly delineates and discusses the foundational questions that inform our practice in religious education. In reading Groome's exploration of answers to these foundational educational questions, the reader will be encouraged to consider these questions for herself or himself and thus come to better understand and more clearly articulate the underlying assumptions, beliefs, and theories that shape his or her practice. The format of Groome's book is clear, with six parts centering on the what, why, where, how, when and who of Christian religious education. These may seem like simple questions with basic answers, but Groome draws upon psychological, philosophical, educational and theological resources to answers them in a way that is thought-provoking, educationally sound, and true to the Story and Vision of the Christian faith.
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.
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The Shared Praxis is Groome's contribution to Christian education pedagogy. In this very comprehensive book, Groome examined the nature, purpose and context of Christian religious education. He defined "Christian religious education is a political activity with pilgrims in time that deliberately and intentionally attends with them to the activity of God in our present, to the Story of the Christian faith community, and to the Vision of God's Kingdom, the seeds of which are already among us."(p.25) The key to the understanding of Shared Praxis is the understanding of time. Instead of linear time or kronos, Groome suggested that kairos time, especially the present time being most important. In the present time, which he described as "present of things present, the present of things past, and the present of things future" is where true learning take place.

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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A basic how-to guide? Are you kidding me? His ill-founded ideas are muddled by sentimental anecdotes and sentimental reflections. Total pass. I can't believe teachers are made to read this tripe.
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Bought this book for a graduate course in religious education. Of all the required books, this was not only the most readable, but in some areas was downright exciting. A worthwhile read for anyone interested in RE.
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The good news timeless. What I need to renew is my articulation of it. In turn, it needs to be sensitive to what motivates my neighbour to listen, how my neighbour hears, interprets, and reappropriate the message. This book (although at times a bit difficult to read, as I am not an education scholar) offers me a very thoughtful analysis of how my neighbour today grows in faith. I believe it helps me to truly be of service to my neighbour.
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