Nurturing Children’s Religious Imagination

NurturingImagination-140x150Book review by Éanna Johnson, published in the Irish Catholic, October 21 2004. Review of Nurturing Children’s Religious Imagination: The Challenge of Primary Religious Education Today, edited by Raymond Topley and Gareth Byrne, published by Veritas. The book contains 17 articles, mostly by students undertaking the Masters in Religious Education (Primary), jointly offered by St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, and the Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin. Many issues are dealt with in the articles, but none address what many see as the major issue facing religious education in Ireland over the past generation, which is the widespread failure to hand on the Catholic Faith.