Saint Paul’s Conversion Experience: Implications for Christian Religious Studies Teaching in Nigerian Secondary Schools
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Falako, F. O.
JET: Journal of Educational Thought. Department of Lifelong and Continuing Education, University of Lagos.
This paper considered the ‘change’ experienced by Paul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus in about AD35 and implications for teaching and learning Christian Religious Studies (CRS) in Nigerian secondary schools. Known as the Conversion of Saint Paul, the episode is regarded as the most dramatic, explosive and outstanding conversion experience in the history of Christianity. The paper appraised the change experienced by the Apostle and drew out some lessons. It posited that religious conversions are always ethico-religious in nature. The paper, therefore, recommended that CRS teachers should envisage and work towards achieving positive change in the cognitive (head), affective (heart) and psychomotor (hand) domains of the students at the end of each classroom encounter. Teachers should avoid indoctrination and radicalization but emphasize tolerance, mutual understanding and repentance so as to curb fanaticism and bigotry which have become the bane of mutual co-existence and national development in Nigeria.
“Saint Paul’s Conversion Experience: Implications for Christian Religious Studies Teaching in Nigerian Secondary Schools”. JET: Journal of Educational Thought. Department of Lifelong and Continuing Education, University of Lagos. 6 (1) 64-75.