Education in a Catholic Perspective by John Sullivan, Stephen J. McKinney

By John Sullivan, Stephen J. McKinney

A distance is establishing up among Catholic schooling and the wealthy highbrow historical past of the Catholic Church. schooling in a Catholic viewpoint explores Catholic philosophical and theological foundations for either schooling in line with se and for Catholic schooling particularly. With contributions spanning the theological foundations of Catholic schooling, the interaction of theology and schooling, and discussions of the social and missional dimensions of schooling, this e-book might be of substantial curiosity to educators and scholars of Catholic schooling, to lecturers within the fields of utilized theology and philosophy and to these with an curiosity within the foundations of schooling.

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98 Croke, ‘Australian Catholic schools’, pp. 813–5. 99 Wanden and Birch, ‘Catholic schools’, pp. 849–52. 100 Bryk, Lee and Holland, p. 23. 101 Catarro and Cooper, ‘Developments’, pp. 74–5. 102 Philip Petchey, ‘Legal issues for faith Schools in England and Wales’, Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 10/2 (2008): pp. 161–73. 103 Stephen J. K. M. Humes (eds), Scottish Education (Third edition: Beyond Devolution) (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008), pp. 259–60. 104 Tom Schuller, Stephen Baron and John Field, ‘Social Capital: A Review and Critique’, in Stephen Baron, John Field and Tom Schuller (eds), Social Capital (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp.

32 Despite this influence in certain quarters, Blondel, partly because his style of writing is sometimes convoluted and rather inaccessible and also because most of his work has not been translated into English, is still relatively unknown today. He is rarely mentioned in the literature on education. However, one will find, dispersed across the huge canvas of his output, much that Christian educators would benefit from taking to heart. Throughout his life the Catholic philosopher Maurice Blondel found inspiration constantly from Augustine, as is revealed in his diaries, in many of his letters, in his minor essays and in his major works.

105 The Catholic tradition encompasses different ages, influential movements and seminal thinkers. 106 As Catholic universities and schools struggle to maintain a Catholic identity they can become more engaged in secular debates and may lose sight of their own tradition. 107 Perhaps the first stage of that revision is for the Catholic communities of the western world to recover the Catholic tradition for themselves, understand the richness and profundity of this 24 Education in a Catholic Perspective tradition and allow it to enhance and even transform contemporary constructions of Catholic education.

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