Education Journal



確認公民教育的宗教面向:香港基督宗教社群回應德育及國民教育科的論述

2017.第45卷第2期(Vol. 45 No. 2).pp. 43–65
 

確認公民教育的宗教面向:香港基督宗教社群回應德育及國民教育科的論述

Affirming the Religious Dimension of Citizenship Education: Hong Kong Christian Community’s Discourse in Response to the School Subject “Moral and National Education”

謝均才(Thomas Kwan-Choi TSE)

摘要

宗教教育與政治關係的爭論由來已久。以2010年香港政府建議在小學和中學引入德育及國民教育作必修科目及其後兩年有關爭議的背景下,本文追溯基督宗教教育在香港的發展,並分析本地基督宗教社群回應該新科目建議的論述。研究發現基督宗教的論述常圍繞三個突出主題,分別是:(1)兩個國度和基督徒及世俗的多元身分;(2)有條件的愛國精神;(3)以普世價值為正當的美德和教育目的。這些主題都有着更廣泛的理論和實踐啟示,即有關國家認同問題、宗教和世俗身分間的關係,以及教育的性質(包括其目標和方法)。基督宗教社群的回應有助探討宗教面向於公民教育的積極作用。

關鍵詞:宗教教育;基督宗教教育;香港;愛國;公民教育

Abstract

The relationship between religious education and politics has long been debated. Against the backdrop of the Hong Kong government’s proposal to introduce Moral and National Education as a compulsory subject in primary and secondary schools and the related controversies, this article outlined the development of Christian education in Hong Kong, and then analyzed the discourse of local Christian communities in response to the proposed new subject. Three salient themes commonly revealed in the Christian discourse were: (a) two kingdoms and plural Christian and secular identities; (b) conditional patriotism; (c) universal values as proper virtues and aims of education. These themes carry broader theoretical and practical implications concerning the issues of national identity, the relationship between religious and secular identity, and the nature of education, including its aims and pedagogy. And they could elucidate the positive roles of the religious dimension for citizenship education.

Keywords: religious education; Christian education; Hong Kong; patriotism; citizenship education