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Making Familiar, Making Strange: Introducing Sources in Monastic History to Contemporary Adults

Massam, Katharine (2014) Making Familiar, Making Strange: Introducing Sources in Monastic History to Contemporary Adults. American Benedictine Review, 65 (2). pp. 158-175. ISSN 0002-7650

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    Abstract

    The article explores two adult education offerings that introduce participants to theological understandings of, and historical sources on, Christian monasticism. Exploring the methodological discussion of ‘reciprocity’ in historical work, and also models of situated adult learning, I argue that the ‘community of practice’ forged by adult learners with a contemporary monastic community fosters an analogical and dialogical engagement with the historical material that is potentially transformative. The programs encourage adult learners away from anachronistic pastiche and towards building the bridges of understanding that enable contemporary Christians to see themselves as part of a lived and living tradition. The discussion has three sections: an outline of the programs; then, consideration of the methodological questions confronting historians who abandon assumptions of objectivity and distance without collapsing the distinction between truth and fiction; and finally, a discussion of the model of situated learning, and its connection with the Rule of Benedict.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Benedictine, Monasticism, Catholic, Learning and Teaching, Church History, Adult Education, New Norcia, Gertrude of Helfta
    Fields of Research: 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130211 Religion Curriculum and Pedagogy
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
    Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)
    C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
    C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Church History
    D - Education Studies
    A - Humanities, general
    D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
    Association with University of Divinity: UFT-UCTC: United Faculty of Theology - Uniting Church Theological College
    Depositing User: Dr Katharine Massam
    Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2014 12:11
    Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 13:28
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1415

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