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

From my teaching blog:

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


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:


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Reformation Sunday: Pray and Fast for Christian Unity

Reformation Sunday: Pray and Fast for Christian Unity

Many Christians around the world will be celebrating Reformation Sunday this Sunday October 27. Many will be mourning it. Many might not even care one way or another.

I myself find this to be a very sad day, and I think many Catholics would agree.

In light of the need for Christian Unity, I propose that we all endeavour to pray and fast for universal communion with all our brothers and sisters in Christ to return. Not on Reformation Sunday itself, however, as Sunday is always a day of celebration. Saturday 26th, therefore, would be the most appropriate day.

I’ve written a bit on Christian unity before, in “Why I attend an Anglican Bible Study“, and my series on denominations.

Spread the word!


Craving Christ

There are no words for how amazing and true this is.

Catholic Cravings

Have you ever been hungry? No, not peckish, not dinner time hungry, I mean really hungry. That kind of gnawing, groaning, roaring hunger that causes you to feel pain? Well, seeing that this blog is called Catholic Cravings and all, let me tell you about that hunger.

I was driving home tonight, I was angsty, I was confused, I was thoroughly dissatisfied. I had gone out some hours earlier, thinking that spending a little time at Church would help ease my neediness. What I needed was a hug from a mate (that’s what we call a ‘friend’ in Australia,) and I got the hug, but it didn’t cut it. I was empty still.

My hunger was earthly, I needed human contact because I was feeling lonely- but my hunger was also heavenly. Now, this ‘heavenly longing’ stuff might sound cheesy to you, but hear me out, because I’m talking about getting what…

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