Engaging the Bible in GCSE and A level Religious Studies: Environmental stewardship as a test case
Horrell, David G.
British Journal of Religious Education
Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Reason for embargo
This article explores the potential for critical and informed engagement with biblical texts to form a key element of the study of Christian perspectives on ethical issues at GCSE and A level. Given the current dominance of philosophical and ethical topics, and weaknesses in the engagement with biblical texts within existing curriculum materials, the article appeals to recent developments in approaches to biblical scholarship, in particular a focus on the history of interpretation and influence, as a means by which the Bible may be fruitfully and critically engaged in modules focused on contemporary religious ethics. The article then presents the topic of environmental stewardship as a test case for the practical application of such a method, outlining two examples – the stewardship of creation (Genesis 1 and 2) and the future of the earth (2 Peter 3) – to demonstrate how a more sophisticated treatment of the Bible as part of ethical enquiry might be achieved.
© 2014 Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in British Journal of Religious Education on 14/10/2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01416200.2013.848183
Vol. 36, Issue 1, pp. 72 - 87