Seeing the beauty of God? A case study of four Catholic post-primary schools exploring the role of religious paintings in RE

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dc.contributor.advisor Dowling, Siobhan en
dc.contributor.advisor Long, Fiachra en
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan Ryan, Caroline M.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-30T11:09:50Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-30T11:09:50Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.date.submitted 2018
dc.identifier.citation O'Sullivan Ryan, C. M. 2018. Seeing the beauty of God? A case study of four Catholic post-primary schools exploring the role of religious paintings in RE. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7374
dc.description.abstract This study considers the role of religious paintings in Religious Education (RE). It is set in an Irish Catholic post-primary school context where RE has a dual role: first, to deliver an RE programme in keeping with the comprehensive educational aims of the RE syllabus (NCCA, 2000 & 2003), and second, to assist Catholic students on their journey towards faith development. While cognisant of the challenges that religious educators face providing an educationally sound programme which simultaneously allows for a faith dimension, the study examines how the inclusion of religious paintings in RE can make a valuable contribution to the teaching of Religious Education at both junior and senior levels. The study draws on the writings of the Swiss theologian, Hans Urs von Balthasar, whose theory of theological aesthetics illustrates how an encounter with the mystery of worldly beauty can be revelatory, participatory and transformative. These three elements, which are central to von Balthasar’s theological aesthetics, provide a critical framework for this study. A case study methodology was employed, examining the use of religious paintings by five teachers and the responses of their students. The findings show how the inclusion of religious paintings enrich students’ learning experiences in the RE classroom. When students are afforded opportunities to ‘see’ and explore colours, lighting, symbols and images in religious paintings, they come to see connections with their own personal lives, others and the revelation of God, making a valuable contribution to their spiritual development. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2018, Caroline M. O'Sullivan Ryan. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Hans Urs von Balthasar en
dc.subject RE en
dc.subject Visual arts en
dc.subject Religious paintings en
dc.subject Theological aesthetics en
dc.subject Spiritual development en
dc.title Seeing the beauty of God? A case study of four Catholic post-primary schools exploring the role of religious paintings in RE en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Education en
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dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
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dc.internal.conferring Spring 2019 en


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