Strategies for Engagement #15

…to explore the coherence of God's world

Learners can be helped to see that the oneness of knowledge reflects the oneness of God’s world by making links across subjects so that an insight in one subject casts light on another. Work on sin and brokenness in religious education can make sense of the biblical themes in some literature in English. Work on virtues and values in religious education could inform personal development (PSHE) lessons. Learners can encounter the interdependence and coherence of the world using case studies in science or geography to see the impact of human behaviour on the world. Learners can become aware that the world is not divided into sacred and secular through engaging in activities that cross those artificial boundaries, activities such as categorising different types of riches and poverty in a historical period, including spiritual riches.

  • Learners could investigate some of the injustices of the past in history and explore the impact down the ages and any actions required now. Past and present are not divorced. There is connectedness through time; we are dependent on those who went before. People leave good or bad legacies that affect us now.
  • Learners could study a historical figure and examine their overall legacy under a number of headings: political/economic, social/cultural, spiritual. This can raise awareness that these legacies are intricately joined and difficult to separate.
  • Learners could explore the interdependence of the world in science by making chains or diagrams to show connections, for example in connection with food chains and photosynthesis. They can learn about different voices working together to make a sound in music.
Examples such as these demonstrate the oneness of God’s world and how interconnected everything is: we are connected to others, to our past, to the world. The world also shows remarkable coherence, it all hangs together as a whole. The parts work together.