What is the point of theology in 2019? – Critically evaluate. In the discussion please identify possible implications for teaching religion in primary schools. Must include a minimum of five academic references from various published sources and a reference list.
In the contemporary context of studying religious education in a secular society, the process such as individualization makes it harder for children to get the opportunity to learn from religion in an organized way. At school young students can learn in an orderly and beneficial way from religion. However, we hardly know how they are making progress on this subject and what the significance of their participation in this subject really is. Currently, religious education at primary schools in Western Europe has evolved into a subject that seeks to support students to develop their religious identity. From a socio-cultural perspective, religious education aims to support students to develop their religious identity by giving them the opportunity to participate at religious practices. Religious tradition such as Christianity involve religious practices such as praying, gathering, taking care of the fellow men, dealing with life and death, or the interpretation of religious stories. In these practices the reality that surrounds us is related to the transcendent reality of God the only reliable tool that is use in their study is the bible. Here religious people use concepts like God, creation, nature,redemption, or eternity, and strategies as interpretation, symbolization or imagination. From this perspective, progress in religious education refers to participation at religious practices in a more expert way