Polarities in Christian Pedagogy

  • John Sullivan


Various polarities operate in the processes and relationships that are central to education in general and to Christian pedagogy in particular. In using the notion of polarity Sullivan seeks to become more aware of the dynamics at work in Christian pedagogy, together with noting the significance and value of the various poles in the process. Three examples of significant polarities in Christian teaching are explored. The first of these is the polarity between firmness and openness. The second is that between past and present. The third is that between coherence and contingency. Finally, in order that justice is done to the various polarities that are pertinent for Christian teachers, the importance of adaptability in Christian pedagogy is underlined.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Sullivan
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  1. 1.Theology, Philosophy & Religious StudiesLiverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUK

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