This book in the Challenging Knowledge in RE series brings a multidisciplinary approach to the RE classroom to study prayer. Methods from the disciplines of religious studies, sociology, theology and psychology consider how prayer features in people’s lives. The book and downloadable sheets provide a suite of resources on prayer from which you can select two or three to create a half-term unit of work.
The Ofsted RE Research Review 2021 suggests RE should equip students with methods for testing the knowledge presented in the classroom. This book supports this by offering different evidence and methods with:
• source materials and teachings from religious traditions
• quantitative and qualitative data on the extent, effect and content of prayer
• specific analytic models that can be applied to the purpose and content of prayer more broadly.
There are personal accounts from Christians, Muslims and Hindus about how, when and why they pray. Theological exercises look at the prayers of Saint Paul and ask how Paul’s advice and teaching might be connected to Christian practice today. Sociological surveys uncover how often people pray, including the non-religious, and whether they feel prayer works. The concept of praying with your feet is explored with a focus on how some charities run or founded by Christians and a Sikh langar kitchen in Northampton express beliefs and spirituality through action.