Creating the condition for doubt. How might questioning and critical thinking inspire children’s spiritual development?

Wills, Ruth (2019) Creating the condition for doubt. How might questioning and critical thinking inspire children’s spiritual development? International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 24 (4). pp. 341-355. ISSN 1364-436X (Print) 1469-8455 (Online)

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Abstract

Doubt, in much of Kierkegaard’s writing, is the inspiration for faith. Illustrating doubt in terms of the suspension of totality, the negation of certainty, and subsequent reflection, Fear and Trembling, and Philosophical Fragments, both authored pseudonymously by Kierkegaard, consider how individuals might learn on the strength of their own personal contingency within the remits of pre-existing structures and systems. After exploring Kierkegaard’s ideas in these texts, this article considers how the four dimensions of Hay and Nye’s concept of relational consciousness might provide the conditions for questioning and critical thinking, which form a part of doubt. Drawing on examples from practice, it is proposed that children’s spiritual development might include doubt in order to effect change in the lives of learning individuals and on a wider scale.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Children’s Spirituality on 11th October 2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/VJCAPZBVQVWUSQ2C3Q48/full?target=10.1080/1364436X.2019.1672628."
Keywords: Kierkegaard, doubt, condition, learning, critical pedagogy
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Ruth Wills
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2020 09:39
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 10:55
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3054

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