Religious traditions and beliefs

This section is divided into two main subdivisions.

1. Religious traditions that are likely to be encountered by all teachers:

Buddhism
Christianity
Hinduism
Judaism
Islam
Sikhism

Each includes a short, basic, though authoritative introduction. Because some of the demands upon teachers here will be quite considerable, each of these major world religions has a supplementary section covering in outline a sketch of scholarship and research on the particular religion.


2. Other faith traditions which teachers may encounter, including systems of belief that are overtly secular or not of an explicitly religious nature but which nevertheless present a coherent worldview.

Bahá’í (under development)
Humanism Jainism
Zoroastrianism (under development)


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES AND REFLECTION

Questions to consider:

What would you say is the most important thing you have learnt as a result of reading this section?

How will this learning impact on your classroom practice?

Where do you need to go from here in the development of your subject knowledge per se?

Why might it be important for RE teachers to have an understanding of scholarship and research in relation to each of the faith traditions referred to in this section?

Buddhism Buddhism scholarship and research Christianity Christianity scholarship and research Hinduism Hinduism scholarship and research Islam Judaism Judaism scholarship and research Sikhism Sikhism scholarship and research Humanism Jainism