The Historical Role of The Religions in the Social Pedagogy

Donski, Aleksandar (2011) The Historical Role of The Religions in the Social Pedagogy. Masters thesis, University Goce Delcev- Stip.


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Every major religion has paid special attention toward the needs of the poor, the ill, and other categories of unprotected persons. This intercourse was clearly stressed in the holy books and manuscripts of these religions, and such human messages had direct impact on the conscience of the religions' numerous adherents, who thus undertake practical activities for providing help for those in need. Thanks to these messages from the religions, the first hospitals for free healing appeared, as well as the first boarding houses for poor folk and hostels for orphans. This charitable social activity, through the centuries, will make conditions for the appearance of social labor. On the other side, the religions left an eminent hallmark in education, not only through educational messages and instructions that they articulated, but also through the first organized forms of education and schools which originated exactly from the religious institutions. Such was the situation in different parts of the world. The impact of the religions on the social pedagogy can be assessed through two aspects. 1. Through the historical aspect. We shall see that the religions since the earliest times made an impact on the collective human conscience for later acceptance of the practical deeds of organized social labor, as well as social pedagogy as an integral part of the social labor. Each of the religions we are mentioning, through its institutions and official articulations, encouraged its believers to take charitable and humanitarian action through helping the hungry, the poor and all others who need help. With this, the religions played a considerable role in the social sphere of human habitation. They were first notional abetters in the history of humankind which directed social activities. Such activities left their trace and were transmitted in the conscience of all future generations, which in the end helped create organized social labor and social pedagogy. An important contribution in the historical impact of the religions, in the appearance of social labor and social pedagogy, was also made by educational messages and teachings which mainly addressed ethical behavior and which were also articulated from the religious institutions since earliest times. In this manner, the historical role of the religions in 6 the creation of the social labor and the social pedagogy, as a constitutive part of the social labor, was rounded down. The religions, through their institutions and organized articulations, actually acted in the social as well the educational spheres, and these two spheres today provide the foundation of the social pedagogy (which is both a social and an educational process). 2. The religions have another level of their connection with the social pedagogy. It is rare that a religion does not undertake educational activity through its institutions. Because a large part of this educational activity takes place through the school and the family, we can say that this educational activity (at least partially) can be treated as a social-pedagogy activity because, according to relevant definitions, social pedagogy is treated as a third educational domain, i.e. as an educational process apart from the school and the family. There is no doubt that the religion played an important role in the appearance of the social pedagogy, which is another strong proof for the magnificent contribution of the religion to human culture throughout history

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Educational sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Science
Depositing User: Snezana Georgieva Siceva
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2012 13:44
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2012 12:00

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