New Spirituality in Japan and Its Place in the Teaching of Moral Education
AbstractThis paper begins by examining so-called “spirituality movements and/or culture” in Japanese society today. It then focuses on research into spirituality as it relates to Japanese education, and specifically moral education, where, for example, our connectedness to the sublime and lofty is one of the four themes of the new moral education classes introduced into Japanese elementary schools in 2018. It is far from easy, however, to teach such a subject, since Japanese moral education is required to keep its distance from popular spirituality as well as from the institutionalized spirituality of organized religions. Furthermore, the conventional knowledge that underpins modern Japanese moral education struggles to deal with spirituality and the vast range of human existence, including our search for the purpose and significance of life. Accordingly, this paper will examine current work on such issues and attempt to outline the future role that scientific and academic approaches to religion and spirituality might play in moral education in Japan, especially from the viewpoint of human connectedness to nature and the sublime.
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Nakayama, O. New Spirituality in Japan and Its Place in the Teaching of Moral Education. Religions 2019, 10, 278.
Nakayama O. New Spirituality in Japan and Its Place in the Teaching of Moral Education. Religions. 2019; 10(4):278.Chicago/Turabian Style
Nakayama, Osamu. 2019. "New Spirituality in Japan and Its Place in the Teaching of Moral Education." Religions 10, no. 4: 278.
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