Journal for the Study of Religion
On-line version ISSN 2413-3027
Print version ISSN 1011-7601
GEARON, Liam. The paradigms of contemporary religious education. J. Study Relig. [online]. 2014, vol.27, n.1, pp.52-81. ISSN 2413-3027.
The word 'paradigm' appears in a number of Cornelia Roux's published works (Roux 1998; 1998a; 2003; 2008; 2009; 2011). This article re-examines her use of 'paradigm' in the light of Thomas Kuhn's (1996) The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on recently published work on religion and education (Gearon 2013; 2014), I elaborate why researchers and educators alike require a more rigorous theoretical conceptualisation of the underlying paradigms of contemporary religious education. Outlining how a satisfactory understanding of the paradigms in religious education require an understanding of the epistemological grounds of each, the article presents, by way of demonstration, a critical outline of six such paradigms: the scriptural-theological; the phenomenological; the spiritual-experiential; the philosophical-conceptual; the socio-cultural; and the historical-political.
Keywords : religion; education; paradigm; philosophy; epistemology.