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From myth to spirituality in RE: Reflections on the past and intimations of the future
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education.
2009 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract

The expression from mythos to logos is well known in cultural history, signifying the development from mythical to more or less rational understandings of life. In the time of myth human beings did not clearly distinguish between knowledge of the world, art (storytelling, music, dance etc), and religion (ritual, worship of the divine). The development of rational thinking meant the gradual separation of these cultural realms; in modernity they are (or were?) considered as distinct and autonomous fields of practice. Today a further differentiation between religion and spirituality is establishing itself. Spirituality actually opens new possibilities for the re-union of the three fields. Researchers are looking for a new science encompassing the spiritual (for inst. E. Laszlo), and artists are exploring spiritual questions of meaning and wholeness (beginning with W. Kandinsky). What would be the gains and losses of such a re-union? What happens to faith if it adapts itself to science? How can science be reconciled with the creative freedom of art?

This cultural-historical picture is presented as a backdrop for recently emerging research within developmental psychology, where the notion of wisdom and concepts of post-formal or post-conventional levels of intelligence or cognition are systematically explored. This, together with research on how meditative and contemplative practices influence brain functions, produces new knowledge of the possible future evolution of human consciousness. In the US, the use of meditative and contemplative practices in education at all levels is already emerging. One alternative future of RE may lie in this direction: by drawing upon the wisdom teachings present within all religious traditions we can inform simple or more advanced contemplative practices even in the ordinary classroom.

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2009.
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-11169OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-11169DiVA, id: diva2:494738
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Paper presented at the Future Vision session of SIG19, EARLI, Amsterdam, Sept 25-29, 2009
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2013-06-12Bibliographically approved

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