The problems of poor catechesis

Posted on November 19, 2011 by

From a commenter:

I wonder if one reason for the well-known fact that converts tend to be more fervent is because 1) we are offered more sophisticated orthodoxy, and 2) we are more sophisticated learners, and know how to select for what we want. Whereas when you grow up in a faith, you’re handed the Dick and Jane version. Sunday School doesn’t have an honors section.

What would religious education for young people look like, within the church (or synagogue!) if we really took seriously the facts that “religion” spans theology, ethics, history, art, music, and language; that children have different learning styles, interests, and capacities; that there are indeed, in William James’s words, varieties of religious experience; and that clearly, many valuable people have been driven away from the religions of their birth by bad religious education?

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