Questions open to infinity and the legitimacy of wonder in university curricula

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Bowie, Robert A. and Norman, R. 2021. Questions open to infinity and the legitimacy of wonder in university curricula. Journal of Religious Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40839-021-00146-6
AuthorsBowie, Robert A. and Norman, R.
Abstract

Drawing on the work of prominent atheists and theists, this article argues that any genuinely comprehensive vision of education should include space on the curriculum for subjects such as Theology. Theology is an example of a subject which pushes questioning to infinity, thereby allowing for insight, potential discovery and wonder. The article identifies problems in education systems framed by narrow learning outcomes. These unduly limit the scope for legitimate enquiry and restrict the reach of education. Scholars from a range of disciplines with differing worldviews make a case for a more open educational ambition.

KeywordsWonder; Infinity; Curriculum; Universities
Year2021
JournalJournal of Religious Education
PublisherSpringer
ISSN2199-4625
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s40839-021-00146-6
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Accepted04 Sep 2021
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