Interpreting Texts More Wisely: A Review of Research and the Case for Change in English Religious Education

  • Robert A. Bowie


This chapter reviews research that identifies weaknesses in teaching the Bible in English schools. Religious Education in England has changed to focus more sharply on the study of religion at examination level creating an opportunity for the better use of texts, but also a risk of replicating the established problems. There is a hermeneutical challenge to develop a capacity for wiser explorations of the Bible building on common ground between important and influential theological and educational writers in faith and education contexts. It reflects on one new project that is trying to develop better reading of the Bible in the classroom.


Religious Education Hermeneutics Texts Bible Christianity 


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  • Robert A. Bowie
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  1. 1.Canterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK

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