The classic guide for educators of any denomination. What mission calls us to teach? How do societal issues - social oppression, poverty, politics - affect what we teach, how we teach it, and how people learn? Who are our students? What and when are they ready to learn? Once we understand these foundations, how can we facilitate an educational experience that has the power to shape and transform people and communities in life-giving ways of faith? In this classic text, Thomas Groome asks and answers these central questions, providing a comprehensive integration of the history, theory, and practice of modern religious education for a new generation of educators.
THOMAS H. GROOME is professor of theology and religious education at Boston College, where he is also the senior faculty at the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry.
"Anyone tugged by the calling at the heart of education orreligious life can only cheer for the republication of this classicbook." --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 duringthe last fifty years." --Don Browning, University of Chicago,coauthor, From Culture Wars to Common Ground: Religion and theAmerican Family Debate
"Whether returning Christian Religious Education or reading it forthe first time, readers will discover freshness leaping from thepage; you will soon know why this formative book of the past is abeacon for the future-informative, inspiring, and wise!" --MaryElizabeth Moore, professor of theology and Christian education,Claremont School of Theology
"Tom Groome combines the great masters of the past with the mostcreative innovators of the present to provide us with a modern dayclassic." --Virgilio P. Elizondo, founder, Mexican AmericanCultural Center
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