Sunday, 18 November 2007

'Dissent from the Church has never looked so much fun'


The May-June 2007 edition of Faith magazine carried an outstanding book review of the standard Catholic textbook used in Religious Studies, Catholic Christianity Today. The review was by Mr James Preece, clearly an intelligent man with a love of truth.

The only problem was that by the time the review was published the book was already several years old and there was a new 'improved' (?) edition at the printers. I thought at the time that it was a pity that the authors had not had the benefit of this review for the process of revising the woeful first edition (which is of course still being widely used).

The new edition now having been published, I intend to review it here this week. The main author remains the non-Catholic chief-examiner Victor Watton, although he now has a Catholic co-author. Anyhow, Preece's review is well worth reading; in the coming days we will be looking at whether the revised edition is an improvement.

2 comments:

Mac McLernon said...

You shouldn't be surprised to find out that the "Catholic" GCSE RE textbook isn't really Catholic...

...the Science GCSE doesn't have much in the way of Science in it either!

(BTW, I loathed that textbook when I taught RE... I also managed to identify outright errors, but it's a while since I spotted them, so I can't remember which ones they were...

Ottaviani said...

This is the exact textbook I was given for GCSE R.E - I had no idea how near heretical/diluted it was until a few years ago. I probably learned more about Islam, than I did about the Catholic faith.

Not surprising there are only six practising Catholics in my confirmation class of sixty. Sad =(