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The Use of Contemporary Music in the Christian Religious Education of Young Adults

Jurd, Patrick (2010) The Use of Contemporary Music in the Christian Religious Education of Young Adults. Master of Theology (major thesis) thesis, UNSPECIFIED.


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Contemporary Christian religious educators need to establish respectful relationships with young adults (YAs) in order to be able to engage in dialogue. Such an approach is found in 'communio' theology. Research in Australian Cathoic schools indicates a disparity in the views of students and teachers regarding the effectiveness of the religious education programme. Developmental research indicates that YAs are disposed towards thinking and acting justly. The main developmental task of YAs is the gaining of identity that is reinforced through rituals. Contemporary music is ubiquitous in the lives of YAs and could be said to be their 'lingua franca'. Therefore contemporary music and video is an effective means for religious educators to dialoge with YAs. Contemporary music, which frequently has a justice focus, can be used in the relogious education programme to help YAs grasp the justice message of the Gospels. Groome's shared praxis approach is adapted and examples detailed.

Item Type: Theses (Master of Theology (major thesis))
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: young adults, contemporary Christian music, developmental research, justice
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Liturgy
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2010 00:51
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 15:40
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/524

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