Spirituality Based Inquiry

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Spirituality Based Inquiry

Spirituality

Spirituality is how a person understands themselves and others, and their purpose as a human being.

Spirituality and religion are not diametrically opposed, rather they are partners. Religion can be interpreted as lived spirituality. Spirituality may lack the structural and functional conditions of an institutionalised religious tradition but nevertheless there are many scholars who argue that a healthy spirituality is grounded in religious commitment in a tradition which then equips people for inter-religious participation. 

Goldburg, P, Blundell, P & Jordan T L 2013, Exploring Religion and Ethics: Religion and Ethics for Senior Secondary Students, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne.

Inquiry

Inquiry based learning is a constructivist approach where the overall goal is for students to make meaning. Inquiry for this topic is question based and followed up by using research skills. 

Lutheran Education Queensland (via ACARA) 

Inquiry skills

Research Strategy
Sources

Research Strategy

Below are some useful steps for how to create the research strategy for your inquiry.

  • Determine the key question and/or concepts suggested by the question.
  • Identify what sort of information you need.
  • Identify where you will find the information you need.
  • Identify how you will find and access that information.
  • Evaluate the information you find.
  • Organise and use the information appropriately.
  • Review, communicate and present the information.

The concept of keywords will be extremely relevant for you during this process. Think about the topic of your inquiry and identify any keywords associated with it. Build a list of those keywords and use it to search for content when conducting your research; try different combinations.

Sources

Books undergo a rigorous editorial process and contain relevant and well researched information as well as the context of that information, which make them incredibly useful research tools. However, books may not be as up-to-date as other sources. They can be good starting points where you can expand a topic.

Newspapers, journals and magazines can show recent trends, discoveries or changes in current events, or a subject area or discipline. Be aware that newspapers and magazines may give biased information.

The Internet is the fastest growing source of information. Remember, anyone can post information onto the Internet. Much that is posted is for general readers and must be evaluated and used with care.

Evaluate

All information, regardless of the source should be tested for:

  • Relevance
  • Currency
  • Reliability
  • Accuracy

Be aware... not all information is created equal.


Spirituality and Religion

Inquiry questions are listed inside the area for each religion as well as resources for each.

Spirituality
Religion
Christianity
Aboriginal Spirit.
Judaism
Islam
Buddhism
Hinduism
Secular Belief

Religion

Use the Subject Guide "Eight Aspects of All Religions" in the article index of this page for more information.

Library Resources

Collection highlights

AV Resources

Web Resources

Christianity

Use the Subject Guide "Christianity" in the article index of this page for more information.

Library resources

AV resources

Web resources

Inquiry questions

How can I be spiritual?

Does God exist?

How was the Universe created?

Why do people suffer?

What happens when we die?

Who is Jesus and what does he mean to me?

Why do religions have rituals?

Aboriginal Spirit.

Use the Subject Guide "Aboriginal Spirituality" in the article index of this page for more information.

Library resources

AV resources

Web resources

Inquiry questions

How can I be spiritual?

Does God exist?

How was the Universe created?

Why do people suffer?

What happens when we die?

Who is Jesus and what does he mean to me?

Why do religions have rituals?

Judaism

Use the Subject Guide "Judaism" in the article index of this page for more information.

Library resources

AV resources

Web resources

Inquiry questions

How can I be spiritual?

Does God exist?

How was the Universe created?

Why do people suffer?

What happens when we die?

Who is Jesus and what does he mean to me?

Why do religions have rituals?

Islam

Use the Subject Guide "Islam" in the article index of this page for more information.

Library resources

AV resources

Web resources

Inquiry questions

How can I be spiritual?

Does God exist?

How was the Universe created?

Why do people suffer?

What happens when we die?

Who is Jesus and what does he mean to me?

Why do religions have rituals?

Buddhism

Use the Subject Guide "Buddhism" in the article index of this page for more information.

Library resources

AV resources

Web resources

Inquiry questions

How can I be spiritual?

Does God exist?

How was the Universe created?

Why do people suffer?

What happens when we die?

Who is Jesus and what does he mean to me?

Why do religions have rituals?

Hinduism

Use the Subject Guide "Hinduism" in the article index of this page for more information.

Library resources

AV resources

Web resources

Inquiry questions

How can I be spiritual?

Does God exist?

How was the Universe created?

Why do people suffer?

What happens when we die?

Who is Jesus and what does he mean to me?

Why do religions have rituals?

Secular Belief

Library resources

Collection highlights

AV resources

Web resources

Inquiry questions

How can I be spiritual?

Does God exist?

How was the Universe created?

Why do people suffer?

What happens when we die?

Who is Jesus and what does he mean to me?

Why do religions have rituals?