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on 2 August 2013
This is almost several books in one. Its main message is that effective religious education is not achieved by intellectual means, teaching people what to believe, but by creating an environment involving physical and social experience that stimulates the imagination and shapes desires. People acquire religion not by being convinced of its truth in their minds but by experiencing it with all their senses, forming habits of worship, and being part of a community of faith. This is a simple and important message, but the author seems to need to wrap it up in complicated theory with phrases such as "liturgical anthropology" and discussing the theories of various philosophers. He is (by his own admission in the preface and introduction) trying to address ordinary readers and his fellow academics at the same time, and this somehow doesn't work. Perhaps I'm too much of a simple soul, but while agreeing with the main point of the book I found myself wondering what all the philosophical fuss was about.
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