A metaphorical model of sacrament : toward broader discourse in the teaching of science

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Claire Rhea Helgeson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
David E. Purpel

Abstract: The concept of sacrament is examined as a perspective for evaluating curriculum and teaching. Specifically, this study proposes a perspective on college science curriculum and teaching and on the discourses used in teaching and learning the sciences. The first chapter tells two stories about routine scientific activity, one set in a college laboratory and the other involving professional marine biologists. These experiences raise the questions: what constitutes a full account of scientific work, and what conceptual framework and communal context would be adequate to the complexities of the experiences? Tad Guzie's model of sacrament (1981) provides a general introduction to the dynamic of sacrament and is posed as a preliminary context for understanding the experiences recounted in the chapter. Chapter two introduces a phenomenological definition of sacrament which specifies location and function in a religious tradition. Although the concept of sacrament is broader than any specific religious tradition, the dynamic of sacramental living must be illustrated by referring to specific traditions and practices. Therefore, the study concentrates on developing a metaphorical model of sacrament within the context of contemporary Christian theology. The model derives from Sallie McFague's work on metaphorical theology (1982) and from the work of Paul Ricoeur (1977) and David Tracy (1981). It stresses the tensive, dynamic quality of sacrament which develops relationship between God and people and creates a context for congregational responsibility and work.

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Language: English
Date: 1988
Science $x Study and teaching (Higher)
Religion and science

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