Theological Education and Professional Practice

Stuart-Buttle, Ros (2018) Theological Education and Professional Practice. In: Christian Faith, Formation and Education. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 131-146. ISBN 9783319628028

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This chapter outlines the challenge of defining theological education and enquires about the interrelationship that exists between adult theological education and professional practice. It considers the professional teacher as theological learner, particularly when an engagement with theology emerges from the professional context. Drawing on Humphrey’s (2008) research, reasons are suggested for why the concept of the ‘faith closet’ might hold resonance for theological and faith formation approaches to professional practice in church schools. This is contrasted with an approach to adult theological education that seeks a hermeneutical-dialogical-participatory encounter with Christian theology. The chapter concludes that it is this latter approach that holds relevance for speaking with those ‘on the ground’ and enabling professionals to connect and apply theological thinking to professional practice and personal identity.

Keywords: Adult theological education, teachers, church schools, professional practice, faith closet, hermeneutic-dialogical, participatory ontology.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Christianity Faith Formation Education
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Ros Stuart-Buttle
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2018 10:44
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2018 10:44

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