Catholic Teachers, Theological Literacy and Engagement with Biblical Texts

  • Ros Stuart-ButtleEmail author


The nature and role of the Bible have been subject to much debate as exemplified in UK school religious education (RE). Research literature across public and church school sectors suggests not only student difficulties in engaging with biblical material but also serious weaknesses in teacher biblical literacy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Liverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUK

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