The role of spiritual formation in the education of modern human beings : a European Christian perspective

Show simple item record Necula, Constantin V. 2022-03-30T09:38:35Z 2022-03-30T09:38:35Z 2021-09-30
dc.description The author is participating as the research associate of Dean Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description Special Collection: Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania, sub-edited by Daniel Buda (Lucian Blaga University) and Jerry Pillay (University of Pretoria). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract One of the most considerable changes in the contemporary European educational mentality is a person’s disconnection from spiritual life. Christian formation has been replaced with religious pluralism, in terms of syncretism influenced by global economic ideologies. Some consequences are low resilience and low spiritual resistance to contemporary challenges, associated with mental traumas or social behaviour deficits. Is it possible to restore the modern person’s spiritual education? There is no evolution in the modern individual’s social life without a horizon of spiritual expectation and fulfilment, different from the strictly material one. Moreover, conscious education cannot deprive people of cultivating the spiritual part of their consciousness from which the real values of existence are born. A series of arguments for renewing the relation between school and the mature, Scripture-based Christian thinking in the spirit of the European pedagogy are revealed by the factual historical analyses. Both Eastern and Western European experiences have met after 13 years of evolving into two antagonist geopolitical spheres. Their lessons in the education field could be an appropriate model, academically applied at the cultural mentality and the European pedagogy level. CONTRIBUTION : With this study, I want to highlight the historical and conceptual frameworks of the Christian religious education meaning in the context of the rediscovery of Orthodox Christianity by the international theological culture in post-communism. Orthodox Christianity, forgotten in dictionaries and syntheses by the Western theological elite, brings in a spiritualisation of education according to the Lord Jesus Christ’s Gospel and not of the ideological cultural interests. en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2022 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Necula, C.V., 2021, ‘The role of spiritual formation in the education of modern human beings: A European Christian perspective’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 77(4), a6778. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v77i4.6778
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS en_ZA
dc.rights © 2021. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Spiritual formation en_ZA
dc.subject Educational convergences en_ZA
dc.subject Learning cultures en_ZA
dc.subject Transculturalism en_ZA
dc.subject Cultural energy en_ZA
dc.subject Teaching theology en_ZA
dc.subject Pastoral theology en_ZA
dc.title The role of spiritual formation in the education of modern human beings : a European Christian perspective en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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