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Many adults in the churches find learning difficult. They may not be able to understand, for example, how the church has developed through history and in a time of rapid social change will continue to develop in many ways. They may find intellectual formulations of belief difficult to comprehend, attitudes - like those who argue that the church must be involved in politicsMany adults in the churches find learning difficult. They may not be able to understand, for example, how the church has developed through history and in a time of rapid social change will continue to develop in many ways. They may find intellectual formulations of belief difficult to comprehend, attitudes - like those who argue that the church must be involved in politics - difficult to accept, and patterns of behaviour difficult to adopt. Evidence of this is the way in which after more than two centuries, some of the most basic assumptions of modern theology are alien to the average congregation. Adults who find learning difficult may be parents, who ought to be able to teach children; they may be clergy and teachers, who ought to be helping to remedy the situation. They are often criticized; they also need to be understood. This book is for them. What John Hull has written is a study in practical theology but it adopts an inter-disciplinary approach, drawing on sociology, social psychology and psychology, as well as theology.It considers the nature of Christian education; the problems of education in what is inevitably an ideological community; the deep-seated human need to be right and the pain of learning; and the way in which faith must evolve along with the self. There is no other book quite like it, and it represents a most important breakthrough relevant not only in church and school, but also in a wider social context. John Hull is Senior Lecturer in Religious Education in the...

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ISBN : 9781563380273
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Number of Pages : 482 Pages
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  • Roger Quick
    2018-10-17 19:30

    This is a brilliant work. There aren't many sociologies of the Church done from the inside of faith. Hull's basic thesis is that some people look to find in the Church a "safe haven" from conflict, particularly where their own childhood experience failed to supply that security.Learning violates the simplicity of the haven. So learning itself is something which people come to church to avoid, and do not want to find there.A Church which answers this need emphasizes transmission of received truth rather than creative learning, and justifies it thus: "The religious imagination, because of its ideological character, has a way of conferring the authority of antiquity upon the innovations of yesterday."Having identified the problem, Hull offers some hopeful, and surprising, solutions."Working from and within the experience of the learner is not always the best learning tactic. Sometimes, when experience is construed rather tightly, there is too little scope for the introduction of new interpretation." [p110] "Worshippers familiar with white walls should undertake study tours of the statues, wall reliefs, stained glass and monuments of another religious tradition. Congregations where children are found to be a distraction should stop thinking about their ministry to children and start to think about the ministry of children to them....To educate the religious adult is... always to educate the child within that adult." [p151] And by way of a challenging encouragement:"...an adult who really understands a religious problem will always be able to express it." This may not be the most snappily titled work. But very few works show so graceful an understanding drawn from so broad a range of disciplines.Hull gives us the fruit of experience economically expressed, as in this telling insight:"The discovery `It is a symbol' is often experienced as `It is only a symbol'." [p111] How good is that? Read it and learn.