Reforming formation: educational theory in dialogue with theological education

Ghiloni, Aaron J. (2013) Reforming formation: educational theory in dialogue with theological education. Uniting Church Studies, 19 2: 51-63.

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Author Ghiloni, Aaron J.
Title Reforming formation: educational theory in dialogue with theological education
Journal name Uniting Church Studies
ISSN 1323-6377
Publication date 2013-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 51
End page 63
Total pages 13
Place of publication N Parramatta, NSW, Australia
Publisher United Theological College
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Educational practices have theological consequences. The methods by which theology is taught shape theology’s meaning. The experience of human pedagogy determines the experience of divine pedagogy. If these propositions are true, then perhaps theological vitality is a corollary of something as seemingly mundane as curriculum policy.

This paper is a hermeneutical examination of the language used about theological education. In particular, the paper explores the language of formation—an increasingly popular term used to describe theological education, often with an emphasis on worship and discipleship. I approach formation from the perspective of educational theory, drawing on the works of Paulo Freire, John Dewey, and Paul Tillich—three thinkers whose ideas, in my experience, have not been afforded ample attention in the making of theological education policy. Their ideas are useful, not because they are free of ideological deficits, but because they helpfully complicate conversation about theological education. New vocabularies help us rethink self-evident vocabularies. Dewey, Freire, and Tillich help us reform formation...
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