Teaching for Commitment: Liberal Education, Indoctrination, and Christian Nurture

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McGill-Queen's University Press, 1993 - Education - 332 pages
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Thiessen calls for reconstruction of the Enlightenment ideal of liberal education from which the charge of indoctrination typically arises. He argues that liberal education necessarily builds on nurture and therefore needs to be more sensitive to the traditions into which a child is initiated. The ideals of autonomy, rationality, and critical openness - all closely related to the ideal of liberal education - need to be modified if they are to be both realistic and philosophically defensible. Once this is done it can be seen that confessional religious education without indoctrination is possible. Teaching for Commitment is an interdisciplinary study covering the fields of religion, philosophy, epistemology, ethics, and education. The very practical nature of the problem being examined, and Thiessen's straightforward and non-technical presentation, will be of interest to parochial and public school boards, teachers, and parents, as well as religious institutions, educationalists, and philosophers of education.

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Elmer John Thiessen recently moved to Waterloo, Ontario, aftElmer John Thiessen recently moved to Waterloo, Ontario, aftElmer John Thiessen recently moved to Waterloo, Ontario, after retiring from teaching philosophy and religious studies aer retiring from teaching philosophy and religious studies aer retiring from teaching philosophy and religious studies at Medicine Hat College in Alberta for over thirty-five yearst Medicine Hat College in Alberta for over thirty-five yearst Medicine Hat College in Alberta for over thirty-five years. His official position now is that of a "roving philosopher. His official position now is that of a "roving philosopher. His official position now is that of a "roving philosopher," open to short-term teaching and research positions anywhe," open to short-term teaching and research positions anywhe," open to short-term teaching and research positions anywhere in the world. He is presently Research Professor of Educare in the world. He is presently Research Professor of Educare in the world. He is presently Research Professor of Education at Tyndale University College in Toronto.Thiessen receition at Tyndale University College in Toronto.Thiessen receition at Tyndale University College in Toronto.Thiessen received a B.Th. degree from the Mennonite Brethren Bible Collegeved a B.Th. degree from the Mennonite Brethren Bible Collegeved a B.Th. degree from the Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg, a B.A. degree from the University of Saskatche in Winnipeg, a B.A. degree from the University of Saskatche in Winnipeg, a B.A. degree from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in physics and philosophy, and an M.A. in pwan with a major in physics and philosophy, and an M.A. in pwan with a major in physics and philosophy, and an M.A. in philosophy from McMaster University, after which he spent a yhilosophy from McMaster University, after which he spent a yhilosophy from McMaster University, after which he spent a year of study overseas in Germany. He received his Ph.D. fromear of study overseas in Germany. He received his Ph.D. fromear of study overseas in Germany. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 1980, writing his dissertatio the University of Waterloo in 1980, writing his dissertatio the University of Waterloo in 1980, writing his dissertation on the problem of indoctrination. Other teaching posts havn on the problem of indoctrination. Other teaching posts havn on the problem of indoctrination. Other teaching posts have included Waterloo Lutheran University early on in his teace included Waterloo Lutheran University early on in his teace included Waterloo Lutheran University early on in his teaching career, and more recently, one semester at Lithuania Chhing career, and more recently, one semester at Lithuania Chhing career, and more recently, one semester at Lithuania Christian College, and one semester at the Evangelische Theoloristian College, and one semester at the Evangelische Theoloristian College, and one semester at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Leuven, Belgium. He has been a research gische Faculteit in Leuven, Belgium. He has been a research gische Faculteit in Leuven, Belgium. He has been a research reader/scholar/fellow during his four sabbaticals, at Mansfireader/scholar/fellow during his four sabbaticals, at Mansfireader/scholar/fellow during his four sabbaticals, at Mansfield College, Oxford, England; Stapleford Education Centre ineld College, Oxford, England; Stapleford Education Centre ineld College, Oxford, England; Stapleford Education Centre in England; and more recently the Centre for the Study of Reli England; and more recently the Centre for the Study of Reli England; and more recently the Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, and the Centre for Studies in Rgion, University of Toronto, and the Centre for Studies in Rgion, University of Toronto, and the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. He has pueligion and Society at the University of Victoria. He has pueligion and Society at the University of Victoria. He has published numerous articles and book reviews, both in professiblished numerous articles and book reviews, both in professiblished numerous articles and book reviews, both in professional journals and religious magazines. His research specialtonal journals and religious magazines. His research specialtonal journals and religious magazines. His research specialty has been the philosophy of education, a topic on which he y has been the philosophy of education, a topic on which he y has been the philosophy of education, a topic on which he has published two books, Teaching for Commitment and In Defehas published two books, Teaching for Commitment and In Defehas published two books, Teaching for Commitment and In Defence of Religious Schools and Colleges (McGill-Queen's Univernce of Religious Schools and Colleges (McGill-Queen's Univernce of Religious Sch

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