RE in Australia: where is the Christ-centred Pedagogy?

Monica:

From my teaching blog:

Originally posted on Fully Integrated:

Musings on how one ought to approach the teaching of Religion in Catholic Schools will be frequent on this blog, as it is a particular interest of mine. Today I would like to point out what I think has been a major flaw in the entire history of RE in Australia: getting the focus wrong.

Essentially, there have been a number of pedagogical shifts over the last century or so, with respect to the consensus on how the Catholic Faith is best handed on to students. At the turn of the century, a doctrinal approach dominated, in which the focus was to make sure children had memorised all the doctrines of the Church. In reaction to this, the so-called kerygmatic approach was developed, which emphasised one’s personal, subjective experience of the Gospel, often without regard for what the Church actually taught. This in turn gave way to the life-centred approach, which…

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The Gospel of Math

Monica:

I WANT THIS SHIRT.

Originally posted on Neal Obstat Theological Opining:

[As I am still recovering from an intensive retreat I recently gave, I am thin on words. But here's a fun and fleeting thought for today.]

As I once collapsed under the weight of advanced calculus in college, this Blog post title strikes terror in my soul.

I used to have a t-shirt back in college (that I took off on the spot and gave to a complete stranger who said she thought it was ‘so cool’ — something you do when you’re an undergrad) that had this on the back:

I wish I had it again.

I recall my physics professor in a lecture back in 1988 at Florida State said,

If there is a God, his first language is math.

Thank God my own theological work does not require this language, though if I were a real theologian like Augustine, I would be more committed to learning:

God’s…

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Virtue is a vivid and separate thing

I came across a superb quote from Chesterton regarding virtue the other day, in Christopher West’s At the Heart of the Gospel- Reclaiming the body for the New Evangelisation. (Which is knocking my socks off, by the way.) I sought the original essay in which it appeared, and found some other things I rather liked. The highlights I reproduce below:

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Technology distances us from reality, and therefore from ourselves

I began some time ago to write up a tentative theology of books, bookish theonerd that I am. I hit a rut, however, because things weren’t satisfactorily coming together for me. The post was sparked by a debate I had with someone over whether real books were superior to e-books, but I realised that my dislike of e-books had less to do with e-books themselves, than with the broader question of the place of technology in the lives of human beings, and my intensely realist philosophical outlook. Hence, it is these thoughts that I will present to you today, before I narrow in on books specifically.

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How Catholics Read Scripture

Strange Notions (the place to be online for Catholic-Atheist dialogue) is running a super series on how Catholics approach Sacred Scripture. I’ve written on this briefly before, but if you want more detail but not a whole book, Mark Shea is your man.  Continue reading

Being sanctified in the very ordinariness of life

Hellooooo, my dearest readers!!! I have missed the blogging world very much. We have just finished moving house, and moving eight people’s worth of stuff in two weeks is no mean feat, let me tell you. However, exhausted as I am, we are home, and I am once again at leisure to write down a thought or two.

First of all, I must share with you this gem from Neal Obstat. It is one of the most beautiful encapsulations of seeking holiness in everyday life, the very heart and soul of what Opus Dei is all about. Continue reading