Egzystencjalny wymiar nauczania religii w świetle nowych dokumentów programowych.
The Existential Dimension of Religion Teaching in the Context of New Curricula
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According to the contemporary Polish catechetics, the key dimensions of catechesis are such fundamental ones as e.g. the ecumenical, the biblical, the ecclesiastical, the moral, the liturgical, the cultural and the existential ones. They determine the main topics and the ways of analyzing them during religion lessons. This paper aims to present the existential dimension of religion teaching in the context of the Polish catechetic curricula adopted in 2010: “Core curriculum of the Catholic Church catechesis in Poland” and “Curriculum of Roman-Catholic religion teaching in nurseries and schools”. One shall begin with presenting the issue in question, i.e. the terms “existence”, “existentialism in teaching” and “existentialism in catechetics and catechesis”. Next, the origins of the existential dimension of religion teaching shall be described with references to, among other things, the statements made by the Magisterium of the Church, by Popes and by catechetic teachers. Then, one shall move on to a synthetic characteristics of the existential issues in the new curricula of religion education. In this context, one shall point to methodological suggestions, designed to provide the existential direction to religion education. The last part of the paper contains the summary and the suggestions for the authors of new series of textbooks and religion education materials as well as for religion teachers.
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