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Religion and Religious Education

  1. 1. Philippine Normal University COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Taft Avenue, Manila 2nd Semester, SY 2011-2012 ED 501: PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Saturdays, CTL2-203 Prof. Nicasio A. Manantan, Ph.D. RELIGION, EDUCATION, & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Reynante S. Tagum M.A. in Education major in Guidance & CounselingEducation • act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.1 • an activity or endeavor in which the more mature of human society deal with the less mature in order to achieve a greater maturity in them and contribute thereby to the improvement of human life.2 • is going to give us, not only commercial skills, industrial skills, its also going to make us better people.3Religion • a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. 4 • sometimes used interchangeably with faith or belief system—is commonly defined as belief concerning the supernatural, sacred, or divine; and the moral codes, practices, values, institutions and rituals associated with such belief. In its broadest sense some have defined it as the sum total of answers given to explain humankinds relationship with the universe. 5 • towers above all of human history, a beacon that has lead nations to fight wars and create civilization, make monumental works of art and structure and deeply moving pieces of musical system, and give sanctity to life.6Morals/Morality • of or concerned with the judgment of the goodness or badness of human action and character. 7 • codes of conduct put forward by a society; some other group, such as a religion, or accepted by an individual for her own behavior or normatively to refer to a code of conduct that, given specified conditions, would be put forward by all rational persons. 8 • universal ethical principle (justice, equality of human rights and respect for dignity of human beings as individuals).Secular/Secularism • of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal: secular interests. 9 • a view that religion and religious considerations should be ignored or excluded from social and political matters.10 • an ethical system asserting that moral judgments should be made without reference to religious doctrine, as reward or punishment in an afterlife. 11Religious Education • In secular usage, religious education is the teaching of a particular religion (although in England the term religious instruction would refer to the teaching of a particular religion, with religious education referring to teaching about religions in general) and its varied aspects: its beliefs, doctrines, rituals, customs, rites, and personal roles. In Western and secular culture, religious education implies a type of education which largely separate from academia, and which (generally) regards religious belief as a fundamental tenet and operating modality, as well as a prerequisite condition of attendance. 12 • The secular concept is substantially different from societies that adhere to religious law, wherein "religious education" connotes the dominant academic study, and in typically religious terms, teaches doctrines which define social customs as "laws" and the violations thereof as "crimes", or else 1
  2. 2. misdemeanors requiring punitive correction. 13 • Religion and morality may be held to be connected in such a way that unless one is committed to a religious point of view one cannot be truly a moral person. Nonetheless, agnostics and atheist live moral lives. • Religion and morals are connected only contingently (Moore, 1982), i.e., dependent, incidental, subject to change, true only under certain conditions – not universally true. • The education of a child was a matter of bringing out a divine pattern implicit in the child. • Serving the same overall purpose of as the church to which s/he belonged. • To initiate a pupil into mathematics, science and history is to bring him into contact with the Divine Purpose as revealed in the world. • Education is an essential part of religion. Religious education would be a special sort of education, like moral education, aesthetic education, and mathematical education. • Tradition, culture, and arts are part of our heritage and not to introduce a child to them and to the religious tradition that sustains them is to deny him/her membership of his estate. • If to be educated involves initiation into all the forms of knowledge, then religion is one of those forms, education requires its inclusion as a matter of necessity. • The way of understanding – giving of information and improvement of understanding. Takes religion and its works as empirical matters and seeks to give an understanding of how they came to be as they are. Comparative religious studies both on intellectual and social grounds. • The way of commitment – religious education aimed at securing commitment runs very close to indoctrination, the teaching of uncheckable propositions by authority. • The teacher could try to developed in the child a religious consciousness, by getting him/her to understand how life looked to, say the Hebrew prophets, to Jesus, to St. Francis, to Buddha or to Mohammed. This would help to provide perspectives on the world which would be necessary before anyone could really be in a position to choose to commit him/herself, or not to any particular religion. • Ang lahat ng pag-aaral ay kailangan nakatuon sa ultimate purpose nito – ang makilala ang Diyos (Molmisa, 2011)Nonreligious/Secular View • Naturalistic view - agnostic, atheist, freethinker, humanist, materialist, rationalist, skeptic, scientific.What we can learn from religion? (Alain de Botton, Atheism 2.0) • Ritualistic side of religion • Moralistic side of religion • Communal side of religion • Rich culture and traditions • Art (religious art) – architecture, painting, sculpture, music, etc.. • OratoryEndnotes1 Definition of Education. Available at (accessed February 2012).2 Andales, Elaine V. 2012. “Philosophy and Religion” (Reported in class ED 501).3 de Botton, Alain. “Atheism 2.0”. Available at (accessed February 2012).4 Definition of Religion. Available at (accessed February 2012).5 Definition of Religion. Available at (accessed February 2012).6 Stebben, Gregg. Everything You Need to Know About Religion. New York: Pocket Books, 1999.7 Definition of Morals. Available at (access February 2012).8 Definition of Morality. (access February 2012).9 Definition of Secular. (access February 2012).10 & 11 Definition of Secularism. (access February 2012).12 & 13 Definition of Religious Education. (access February 2012).Reference Brubacher, John S. (1978). Modern Philosophies of Education. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company. Molmisa, Ronald. (2011). Pass or Fail. OMF Literature Inc. Mandaluyong City. Moore, T.W. (1982) Philosophy of Education. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd. Nonreligious World View. Available at (accessed February 2012). 0922-554-5115 2