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Writer's view on why divinity courses fail

DIVINITY courses in teachers' training colleges should he aimed primarily at imparting understanding rather than knowledge, says an article in the September-October issue of the Catholic Teachers' Journal.

The writer, John Hennessy, suggests a switch of emphasis to make the courses effective. He argues that in a world of great educational change one cannot deniand less awareness in the field of religion or morality.

"There is a need, then, for an intelligent rather than emotional approach to the teaching of religion. Love and the expression of love in action grows out of both knowledge and understanding. It is here that the traditional divinity courses seem to he failing."

He urges that the apologetics section of the divinity course should he short, as "for many people apologetics are not very satisfactory arguments to use in defence of one's religion. Certainly they are of no use whatsoever, nor were they intended as a basis for personal faith."

The article also urges that religion he shown to refer to everyday reality and says that teachers should give young people a sympathetic ear and not just dismiss them as immature and irresponsible.

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