THE FAITH-FULL INTELLECT: Learning from pre-modern theology for a late modern pedagogy

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In this chapter the modern questioning of faith in the academic context is first resituated within the current trends of a late modern reading of culture, through reflection on qualitative data gained in research with Catholic schools leaders in England and Wales. The question is raised: how might a distinctively Catholic pedagogy be drawn from a theology of the person? In response to this question the argument turns to the Thomas Aquinas’ account of Christian pedagogy, which demonstrates a deeply theological and anthropological reading of faith and intellect from which late modern educators can learn. The chapter thus seeks to articulate for our own time a theology of the ‘faith-full intellect’ as a fundamental quality of personhood of deep significance to teaching and learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFaith, Formation and Education
EditorsRos Stuart-Buttle
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-62803-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-62802-8
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Educational Leadership
  • Catholic Pedagogy
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Theological Action Research
  • Intellect

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