Audiovisual presentations and study material related to various chapters of Life to the Full
These materials have been used in professional development programs for religion teachers. In some instances, the presentations include material from earlier versions of the final text in the book chapters.
They complement and fill out the discussion of topics and issues in the book. The materials are not extensive or exhaustive in terms of studying the topics. But they set out to provide a useful starting point for considering and further examining the various questions.
The audiovisual material is particularly relevant for chapters 5, 6 and 7 on consumerist religion.
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A study of 'Consumerist Religion', as related to chapters 5, 6 and 7.
A different perspective on secularisation: How consumerist lifestyle, fuelled by ‘media orchestrated imaginations of what life should be like', functions like a religion for many people: Implications for religious education
Secularisation is often understood as a decline in the prominence of religion in personal and social life. But it may well be that many secularised people are still quite religious – it is just that their functional religion is a consumerist lifestyle. This topic is specially concerned with the way the 'media-marketing-advertising' complex provides an iconography that is influential in shaping people's feelings and behaviour in relation to expectations of the 'good life' (or 'life to the full')
Link to Materials with details of Part 3 -- critical evaluation of contemporary consumerist lifestyle
Links to material for details in Part 3 that are not included in Powerpoint Presentation-02. This fills out the discussion of the following:-
1. Teasing out the mise- en -scène of contemporary lifestyle with a view to informing education and religious education
2. From bespoke for the wealthy towards designer status for whosoever can afford it
3. Why do people shop to buy designer status?
4. Anyway, what is wrong with having designer branded goods? A question of balance.
5. How visual imagery in the media resonates with the consumerist mise- en -scène and conditions people's thinking and behaviour
This html file includes some of the initial material in Part 2, elaborating further on similarities and differences between the mise-en-scene of medieval Christianity and contemporary consumerist lifestyle. It then provides a long segment looking into the critical evaluation of contemporary consumerist lifestyle which was only signposted in Part 3 of the presentation 02 above.
The need for a critical, inquiring research oriented pedagogy and more issue-related content
Related to chapter 10
This material has much of the chapter 10 text together with some illustrations in video and powerpoints.
Below are links to some materials used when looking at how religion teachers might use an inquiring, research-oriented pedagogy for learning and teaching about the following religious topics.
These materials are not comprehensive. They try to suggest how the critical inquiring pedagogy considered in chapter 10 might be followed through into the teaching of religious topics as well as spiritual/moral issues as was empahasised in chapter 10
The changing landscape of contemporary spirituality
Related to chapters 3 and 4
The discussion of consumerist lifestyle as functioning like a religion, as covered at the top of this webpage, is part of a more systematic discussion of secularisation -- in particular a study of how and why there has been such significant changes since the 13th century.
Before his death, Lutheran scholar Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from his cell in a Nazi prison in 1944:
The secular movement which I think had begun in the 13th century has in our time reached a certain completion. People have learnt to cope with all the questions of importance without recourse to God as a working hypothesis. In questions concerning science, art and even ethics this has become an understood thing which one scarcely dares to tilt at anymore
This material sets out to help show how and why secularisation occurred since the 13th century. It makes use of the contrasts between medieval christian spirituality and contemporary secular spirituality. It also serves as a prelude to the discussions of 'consumerist religion' in chapters 5-7.
A discussion of religious faith and spirituality
As related to chapter 2
This material looks into ideas about Christian Faith and raises questions about what it means to 'educate' faith.
Issues with language in the discourse of religious education
As related to chapter 9
This material goes into more detail than chapter 9, together with some illustrative cartoons. It shows how there have been problems with the language of religious education since the 1970s.
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