An invaluable resource on initiation rites of the major world religions for teachers, including extracts from initiation liturgies for use as source material.
Series: Living Faiths
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Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 112pp
Published: June 2008
Aimed at students and teachers of World Religions, this study analyses the initiation rites of many different faiths and the beliefs underneath them. It produces accurate and broad information for the use of teachers and students of World Faiths, providing an insight into the faith and practise of their neighbours and a greater understanding of how it feels to belong to a culture different from their own.
An introductory chapter by Howard Marratt explains the generalities of the initiation rites and how the relationship between the school and the intercultural community that serves should be, and how the teaching of religion cannot alienate the pupils or interfere with the beliefs that they are being brought up with.
'Living Faiths' is a series on Rites of Passage in the major religions of the world, covering Marriage and the Family, Initiation Rites and Death. Together these provide a fascinating exercise in tolerance and understanding.
List of Contributors
Foreword by John Prickett
Part 1: Initiation Into Religion
1.1. The Relationship of the County School to the Religious and Ideological Communities
Part 2: Statements and Extracts
2.2. Baha'i Faith
The Baptist Church
The Church of England
The Methodist Church
The Eastern Orthodox Church
The Roman Catholic Church
The United Reformed Church
The Society of Friends (Quakers)
John Prickett was a headmaster and Secretary of the Education Department of the British Council of Churches. He was also Publications Secretary of the Standing Conference of Inter-Faith Dialogue in Education.
A godsend in R.E. departments, but I hope that it will penetrate churches also. Church Times