Science, spirituality and truth: acknowledging difference for spiritual dialogue and human well-being

Jacqueline Watson

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This article seeks to explain why spiritual education must be clear about the nature of spiritual knowledge and truth and how it differs from the knowledge and truth generated by science. The author argues this is important in order that spirituality and science are equally valued, and in order that spiritual pedagogy appropriately reflects the nature of spiritual truth in the context of spiritual diversity and commitment. Based on these arguments, and inspired both by the ideas of inter‐faith dialogue and the philosophy of Michael Bakhtin, the author then suggests a dialogical approach to spiritual pedagogy for spiritual development and wellbeing. The article suggests education will best enhance human wellbeing if it is positive about the contributions of both science and spirituality, and if it promotes understanding of spiritual difference and commitment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-322
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Children's Spirituality
Issue number4
Early online date15 Dec 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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