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Thursday 14 December 2017

'Does religion matter?' asks new book by Sligo lecturer

Does the teaching of Religion in our schools matter anymore? What does it do? These are the questions posed by a Sligo lecturer and answered by authors from all around the world in a new book launched this past week.

'Does Religious Education Matter?' is written by St Angela's College RE lecturer Dr Mary Shanahan.

The book brings together a team of contributors from the USA, Britain and Ireland, and Australia, representing a variety of religious perspectives.

"'Does Religious Education Matter?' demonstrates that it is vital that religious education is presented as it 'really' is: a valuable and rich resource that, when taught and engaged with appropriately, stimulates essential qualities for global and responsible citizenship: critical thinking, tolerance, respect, and mutual understanding.

"There is a question mark placed over Religious Education, what it is and what it does. It's my area of study and I suppose we need to look at what it is and hopefully this book allows that," said Dr Shanahan.

Dr. Andrew McGrady from DCU officially launched the book last Thursday at St Angela's.

"We are now living in a different environment and other understandings of teaching religion are emerging because of the EU and because of globalisation," he said.

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