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Spirituality in Education

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Spirituality and Ethics in Education
Philosophical, Theological and Radical Perspectives

In the series:
Spirituality in Education

Edited by Hanan Alexander

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Visions of the “good life” are conspicuously absent in contemporary culture. This has sent people searching for a sense of spirituality within themselves, in their communities and traditions, and in the transcendent that lies beyond space and time. Contemporary education has abandoned a connection with spirituality and has failed as a consequence to cultivate goodness in people. Yet there is a deep connection between ethics, spirituality, and education. For spiritual visions respond to our quest for a moral life, and the first task of education is to initiate people into communities that celebrate such as life.

The book is divided into three main sections: (1) calls for spirituality and ethics in education, (2) relations between the spiritual and the ethical in education, and (3) spiritual and ethical traditions and practices in education. Themes include education for justice, hope, and reconciliation; Jesus as teacher; spirituality and violence; spirituality and citizenship; the spirituality of Arab children in Israel and Palestine; spirituality and children in the Jewish tradition; spirituality and humanistic education; the dangers of spirituality in education; personal and collective spirituality in education; liturgy and literature in spiritual education; and spirituality and peace education. Spirituality and Ethics in Education provides an international, multicultural, interfaith forum concerning the philosophical, theological, and practical foundations of ethics in spiritual education for a rapidly changing world.


Part I Philosophical Perspectives
1 Jesus as Teacher
Nicholas C. Burbules

2 Nicholas Burbules on Jesus as Teacher
Terence H. McLaughlin

3 Children’s Spirituality: Between Winnicott and Panenmentalism
Amihud Gilead

4 Altering Habits of Attention in Education: Simone Weil and Emmanuel Levinas
Claudia Eppert

Learning from Experience: Dewey, Deleuze and “Becoming-Child”
Inna Semetsky

6 Leibowitz on Spirituality as Existential Childishness
Ari Bursztein

Part II Theological Perspectives

7 Walking with Children toward Hope: The Long Road to Justice and Reconciliation
Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore

8 Children’s Right to Religion: A Response to Mary Elizabeth Moore
Friedrich Schweitzer

9 Children’s Spirituality: A Bahá’í Perspective
Iraj Ayman

10 Communities of Character: Religion in the Moral Development of American and Korean Youth
Pamela Ebstyne King

11 Using Children’s Literature for Spiritual Development
Ann M. Trousdale

12 Modalities of Theological Reasoning
Howard Deitcher and Jen Glaser

Part III Cultural and Critical Perspectives
13 A Manifesto for Spiritual Activism: Time to Subvert the Branding of Education
Clive Erricker

14 Citizenship Education in the Postmodern Moment
Jane Buckley and Jane Erricker

15 Hope against Devastation: Children’s Spirituality and Human Rights
Liam Gearon

16 Acts of Courage: Reshaping Tradition in Palestinian–Jewish School Ceremonies
Zvi Bekerman

17 Religion, Spirituality and Authoritative Discourse
Moshe Re’em

18 Contra Spiritual Education
Ilan Gur-Ze’ev


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264 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Release Date:
April/May 2004
  Illustrated:   No
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£49.95 / $69.95
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£18.95 / $27.95

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