THEORY AND RESEARCH IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

A Select Bibliography

(many of these publications themselves contain extensive bibliographies)

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Updated January 2006

Alexander, Hanan A. Reclaiming Goodness: education and the spiritual quest. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001

Alexander, Hanan A. (ed.). Spirituality and Ethics in Education: philosophical, theological and radical perspectives. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2004

Astley, Jeff. The Philosophy of Christian Religious Education. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press; London: SPCK, 1994

Astley, Jeff. Ordinary Theology: looking, listening and learning in theology. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002

Astley, Jeff (ed.). How Faith Grows: faith development and Christian education. London: National Society/Church House Publishing, 1991

Astley, Jeff (ed.). Learning in the Way: research and reflection on adult Christian education. Leominster: Gracewing Fowler Wright, 2000

Astley, Jeff and Day, David (eds). The Contours of Christian Education. Great Wakering: McCrimmons, 1992

Astley, Jeff and Francis, Leslie J. (eds). Christian Perspectives on Faith Development: a reader. Leominster: Gracewing Fowler Wright; Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1992

Astley, Jeff and Francis, Leslie J. (eds). Critical Perspectives on Christian Education: a reader on the aims, principles and philosophy of Christian education. Leominster: Gracewing Fowler Wright, 1994

Astley, Jeff and Francis, Leslie J. (eds). Christian Theology and Religious Education: connections and contradictions. London: SPCK, 1996

Astley, Jeff; Francis, Leslie J. and Crowder, Colin (eds.). Theological Perspectives on Christian Formation: a reader on theology and Christian education. Leominster: Gracewing Fowler Wright; Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1996

Astley, Jeff; Francis, Leslie; Sullivan, John and Walker, Andrew (eds). The Idea of a Christian University: Essays on Theology and Higher Education.Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2004

Astley, Jeff; Hone, Timothy and Savage, Mark (eds). Creative Chords: studies in music, theology and Christian formation. Leominster: Gracewing, 2000

Attfield, David. Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age: a general theory of religious communication. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001

British Council of Churches. Understanding Christian Nurture. London: BCC, 1981

Browning, Don S. A Fundamental Practical Theology: descriptive and strategic proposals. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress, 1991

Browning, Robert L. (ed.). The Pastor as Religious Educator. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1989

Brueggemann, Walter. The Creative Word: canon as a model for biblical education. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1982

Brueggemann, Walter. Interpretation and Obedience: from faithful reading to faithful living. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress, 1991

Bunge, Marcia J. (ed.). The Child in Christian Thought. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2001

Burgess, Harold W. An Invitation to Religious Education. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1975

Bushnell, Horace. Christian Nurture. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1979 [1861]

Carr, David and Haldane, John (eds). Spirituality, Philosophy and Education. London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2003

Coles, Robert. The Spiritual Life of Children. London: HarperCollins, 1990

Conn, Walter. Christian Conversion: a developmental interpretation of autonomy and surrender. New York: Paulist, 1986

Conroy, James C. (ed.). Catholic Education: inside-out/outside-in. Dublin: Veritas, 1999

Cunnane, Finola. New Directions in Religious Education. Dublin: Veritas, 2004

Devitt, Patrick M. How Adult is Adult Religious Education? Gabriel Moran’s contribution to adult religious education. Dublin: Veritas, 1991

Durka, Gloria. The Teacher's Calling: a spirituality for those who teach. New Jersey, Paulist, 2002

Dykstra, Craig. Growing in the Life of Faith: education and Christian practices. Louisville, Kentucky: Geneva, 1999

Dykstra, Craig and Parks, Sharon (eds). Faith Development and Fowler. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1986

Elias, John L. Studies in Theology and Education. Malabar, Florida: Robert E. Krieger, 1986

Elias, John L. A History of Christian Education: Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox perspectives. Malabar, Florida: Krieger, 2002

Elias, John L. (ed.). Religious Education in Adulthood. New Haven, Connecticut: Religious Education Association, 1992

Farley, Edward. Theologia: the fragmentation and unity of theological education. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1983

Farley, Edward. The Fragility of Knowledge: theological education in the church and the university. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1988

Felderhof, M. C. (ed.). Religious Education in a Pluralistic Society. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1985

Fowler, James W. Stages of Faith: the psychology of human development and the quest for meaning. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1981

Fowler, James W. Becoming Adult, Becoming Christian: adult development and Christian faith. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1984, 1995

Fowler, James W. Weaving the New Creation: stages of faith and the public church. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991

Fowler, James W. Faithful Change: the personal and public challenges of postmodern life. Nashville, Tenn.: Abingdon, 1996

Fowler, James W. Faithful Change: the personal and public challenges of postmodern life. Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon, 1996

Fowler, James W.; Nipkow, Karl Ernst and Schweitzer, Friedrich (eds). Stages of Faith and Religious Development. London: SCM, 1992

Fowler, James W. and Vergote, Antoine (eds). Toward Moral and Religious Maturity. Morristown, New Jersey: Silver Burdett, 1980

Francis, Leslie J. The Values Debate: a voice from the pupils. London and Portland, Oregon: Woburn Press, 2001

Francis, Leslie J. and Astley, Jeff (eds). Children, Churches and Christian Learning. London: SPCK, 2002

Francis, Leslie J.; Astley, Jeff and Robbins, Mandy (eds). The Fourth R for the Third Millennium: education in religion and values for the global future. Dublin: Veritas, 2001

Francis, Leslie J.; Kay, William K. and Campbell, William S (eds). Research in Religious Education. Leominster: Gracewing Fowler Wright; Macon, Georgia: Smyth & Helwys, 1996

Francis, Leslie J. and Lankshear, David W. (eds). Christian Perspectives on Church Schools: a reader. Leominster: Gracewing Fowler Wright, 1993

Francis, Leslie J.; Robbins, Mandy and Astley, Jeff (eds). Religion, Education and Adolescence: International Empirical Perspectives. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2005

General Synod Board of Education. Children in the Way. London: National Society/Church House Publishing, 1988

Groome, Thomas H. Christian Religious Education: sharing our story and vision. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1980

Groome, Thomas H. Sharing Faith: a comprehensive approach to religious education and pastoral ministry. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991

Groome, Thomas H. Educating for Life: a spiritual vision for every teacher and parent. Allen, Texas: Thomas More, 1998.

Groome, Thomas H. The Way of Shared Praxis: an approach to religious education. Lomma, Sweden: RPI Arbetsgemenskapen för Religionspedagogik, 1999

Groome, Thomas H. and Horrell, Harold Daly (eds). Horizons and Hopes: the future of religious education. New York: Paulist, 2004

Harris, Maria. Teaching and Religious Imagination: an essay in the theology of teaching. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1987

Harris, Maria. Fashion Me a People. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989

Hauerwas, Stanley and Westerhoff, John H. (eds). Schooling Christians: 'holy experiments' in American education. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1992

Heller, David. The Children's God. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986

Heywood, David. Divine Revelation and Human Learning: a Christian theory of knowledge. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004

Hill, Brian V. The Greening of Christian Education. Homebush West, NSW, Australia: Lancer, 1985

Hodgson, Peter C. God's Wisdom: toward a theology of education. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 1999

Hull, John M. Studies in Religion and Education. Lewes: Falmer, 1984

Hull, John M. What Prevents Christian Adults from Learning? London: SCM, 1985; New York: Trinity Press International, 1991

Hyde, Kenneth E. Religion in Childhood and Adolescence: a comprehensive review of the research. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1990

Jarvis, Peter and Walters, Nicholas (eds). Adult Education and Theological Interpretations. Malabar, Florida: Krieger, 1993

Jones, L. G. and Paulsell, S. (eds). The Scope of Our Art: the vocation of the theological teacher. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2002

Kay, William K. and Francis, Leslie J. Drift from the Churches: attitude toward Christianity during childhood and adolescence. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1996

Kelsey, David H. To Understand God Truly: what's theological about a theological school. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992

Knox, Ian P. Above or Within? the supernatural in religious education. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1976

Lee, James Michael. The Shape of Religious Instruction: a social science approach. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1971

Lee, James Michael. The Flow of Religious Instruction: a social science approach. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1973

Lee, James Michael. The Content of Religious Instruction: a social science approach. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1985

Lines, Arthur Timothy. Functional Images of the Religious Educator, Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1992.

Little, Sara. To Set One's Heart: belief and teaching in the church. Atlanta, Georgia: John Knox Press, 1983

Lombaerts, H. and Pollefeyt, D. (eds). Hermeneutics and Religious Education. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2004

Martin, Robert K. The Incarnate Ground of Christian Faith: toward a Christian theological epistemology for the educational ministry of the church. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1998

Marsden, George M. The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997

McKenzie, Leon. The Religious Education of Adults. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1982

McKenzie, Leon. Adult Education and Worldview Construction. Malabar, Florida: Krieger, 1991

Melchert, Charles F. Wise Teaching: biblical wisdom and educational ministry. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Trinity Press International, 1998

Miller, Randolph Crump (ed.). Theologies of Religious Education. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1995

Moore, Mary Elizabeth Mullino. Teaching from the Heart: theology and educational method. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Trinity Press International, 1998

Moran, Gabriel. Religious Education as a Second language. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1989

Moran, Gabriel. Showing How: the act of teaching. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: TPI, 1997

Nelson, C. Ellis. Where Faith Begins. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1971

Neville, Gwen Kennedy and Westerhoff, John H., III. Learning Through Liturgy. New York: Seabury Press, 1978

Nichols, Kevin. Cornerstone. Slough: St Paul Publications, 1978

Nichols, Kevin. Refracting the Light: learning the languages of faith. Dublin: Lindisfarne Books, 1997

O'Hare, Padraic (ed.). Foundations of Religious Education. New York: Paulist Press, 1978

Oser, Fritz K. and Gmünder, Paul. Religious Judgement: a developmental approach. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1991

Oser, Fritz K. and Scarlett, W. George. Religious Development in Childhood and Adolescence. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1991

Osmer, Richard Robert. A Teachable Spirit: recovering the teaching office in the church. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1990

Osmer, Richard R. and Schweitzer, Friedrich. Religious Education between modernization and globalization: new perspectives on the United States and Germany. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2003

Parks, Sharon. The Critical Years: the young adult search for a faith to live by. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1986

Parks, Sharon Daloz. Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: mentoring young adults in their search for meaning, purpose, and faith. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000

Pazmiño, R. W. God Our Teacher: theological basics in Christian education. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 2001

Peshkin, Alan. God's Choice: the total world of a fundamentalist Christian school. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986

Peterson, Michael L. With All Your Mind: a Christian philosophy of education. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001

Richards, Lawrence O. A Theology of Christian Education. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1975

Rizzuto, Ana-Maria. The Birth of the Living God. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980

Roebbens, Bert and Warren, Michael (eds). Religious Education as Practical Theology. Leuven: Peeters, 2001

Seymour, Jack L. (ed.). Mapping Christian Education: approaches to congregational learning. Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon, 1997

Seymour, Jack L.; Crain, Margaret A. and Crockett, Joseph V. Educating Christians: the intersection of meaning, learning and vocation. Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon, 1993

Seymour, Jack L. and Miller, Donald E. (eds). Contemporary Approaches to Christian Education. Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon, 1982

Seymour, Jack L. and Miller, Donald E. (eds). Theological Approaches to Christian Education. Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon, 1990

Slee, Nicola. Women’s Faith Development: patterns and processes. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004

Smith, Marion. Ways of Faith: a handbook of adult faith development. Durham: NEICE, 2003

Sullivan, John. Catholic Education: distinctive and inclusive. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic, 2001

Sutcliffe, John (ed.). Tuesday's Child: a reader for Christian educators. Birmingham: Christian Education Publications, 2001

Thiessen, Elmer J. Teaching for Commitment: liberal education, indoctrination and Christian nurture. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press; Leominster: Gracewing Fowler Wright, 1993

Thiessen, Elmer J. In Defence of Religious Schools and Colleges. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001

Thompson, Norma H. (ed.). Religious Education and Theology. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1982

Van Engen, John (ed.). Educating People of Faith: exploring the history of Jewish and Christian communities. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2004

Van der Ven, Johannes A. Education for Reflective Ministry. Leuven: Peeters, 1998

Van der Ven, Johannes A. Formation of the Moral Self. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1998

Warren, Michael (ed.). Sourcebook for Modern Catechetics. Winona, Minnesota: St Mary's Press, 1983

Warren, Michael (ed.). Sourcebook for Modern Catechetics, Vol 2. Winona, Minnesota: St Mary's Press, 1997

Westerhoff, John H., III. Building God's People in a Materialistic Society. New York: Seabury Press, 1983

Westerhoff, John H., III. Living the Faith Community. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1985

Westerhoff, John H., III. Will our Children Have Faith? Allen, Texas: Thomas More Press, 2000

Westerhoff, John H., III. Bringing Up Children in the Christian Faith Minneapolis, Minnesota: Winston Press, 2000

Westerhoff, John H., III and Edwards, O. C., Jr. (eds). A Faithful Church: issues in the history of catechesis. Wilton, Connecticut: Morehouse-Barlow, 1981

Westerhoff, John H., III and Neville, Gwen Kennedy. Generation to Generation. New York: Pilgrim Press, 1979

Wickett, R. E. Y. Models of Adult Religious Education Practice. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1991

Wilhoit, J. Christian Education and the Search for Meaning. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1986

Williamson, Clark M. and Allen, Ronald J. The Teaching Minister. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox, 1991

Wolterstorff, Nicholas P. Educating for Life: reflections on Christian teaching and learning. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 2002

Wood, Charles M. Vision and Discernment: an orientation in theological study. Atlanta, Georgia: Scholars Press, 1985

Wood, Charles M. The Formation of Christian Understanding: theological hermeneutics. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Trinity Press International, 1993

Wright, Andrew. Spirituality and Education. London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2000

Wright, Andrew. Religion, Education and Post-Modernity. London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2004

 

 

Some Relevant Journals

British Journal of Religious Education

Christian Education Journal

Journal of Adult Theological Education (formerly British Journal of Theological Education)

International Journal of Education and Religion (now discontinued)

Journal of Beliefs and Values: Studies in Religion and Education

Journal of Christian Education

Journal of Education and Christian Belief (formerly Spectrum)

Panorama: International Journal of Comparative Religious Education and Values

Religious Education

Theological Education

 


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