Senior Cycle Religious Education Textbooks/Resources for the teacher

Senior Cycle Religious Education Textbooks/Resources for the teacher

New Veritas Non-Exam Senior Cycle Textbook: Seek & Find Sampler

Religious Education: Leaving Certificate Guidelines for Teachers (NCCA)

This document gives guidelines for the teaching of every section of the syllabus and contains other useful materials.

  • It has a section on Teaching Approaches and Practical Tips for Teachers
  • It gives guidance on assessment and coursework
  • It offers a Glossary of key terms
  • It also contains ‘The Curriculum Framework’ for Senior Cycle (non-examination).

Each section gives Content, Syllabus Links, Student Activity, Teaching Approaches, also Resources: – books, articles, art, poetry, music and websites, etc…

Textbooks and Resources

The Inner Place Tom Gunning (Veritas)

Into the Deep Tom Gunning (Veritas)

Faith in Action: Niall Boyle (GM)

Challenge of God 2nd edition: Niall Boyle (GM)

Challenge of God 3rd edition – Morality Niall Boyle (GM)

Reason to Believe Ann Walsh (Veritas)

Believe to Live Ann Walsh (Veritas)

Ellen Fleming & Brigid O’Hara (GM)

World Religions A Gracie/D Moloney (plus cd rom) (Scholas/Tech Media)

Moral Issues in Six World Religions Edited Owen Cole (Heinemann)

Searching Orla Walsh (Veritas)

The Waze Series – Maura Hyland. Books, video, worksheets and teachers books: (Veritas)

  • Lifeways
  • Workways
  • Justways
  • Prayerways

Faith Seeking Understanding Series edited by Michael De Barra (Veritas)

  • The search for meaning and values
  • Christianity: origins and contemporary expressions, World religions & Moral decision-making
  • Religion and gender
  • Issues of justice and peace
  • Worship, prayer, and ritual
  • The Bible: literature and sacred text
  • Religion: the Irish experience
  • Religion and science

Faith Seeking Understanding Series Teacher cd-rom edited by Michael De Barra (Veritas) now available

Useful books for Teaching Senior Cycle RE

Examination & Framework Document

Cassidy, E. (2003) The Search for Meaning and Values Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas

Delius. C. ed. (2000) The Story of Philosophy: From Antiquity to the Present Cologne: Konemann

Gaarder. J. (1995) Sophie’s World London: Phoenix House

Freyne, Sean (2002) Texts, Contexts and Cultures London: Collins

Lane, Dermot (1975) The Reality of Jesus Dublin: Veritas

Liechty, Joseph & Clegg, Cecilia (2001) Moving Beyond Sectarianism: Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland Dublin: Columba Press

Norris, T. (2004) Christianity: Origins and Contemporary Expressions Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas

Pelikan, Jaroslav (2000) Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture Yale University Press

Barnes, P. (2003) World Religion, Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas

Beck, M. et al ed. (1997) Exploring Religion Australia: Oxford University Press

Brodd, J. and Wilt, M. (1998) World Religions: A Voyage of Discovery Minnesota: Saint Mary’s Press

Brodd, J. and Wilt, M. (1998) Teaching Manual for World Religions – a voyage of discovery Minnesota: Saint Mary’s Press

Hickman, C. & Meredith S. (2001) The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopaedia of World Religions London: Usborne Publishing Ltd.

Smith, Houston (1991) The World Religions Harper Collins.

Boyle, N. (1994) The Challenge of God Dublin: Gill and Macmillan

Brown, C. (1998) Crash Course on Christian Ethics London: Hodder and Stoughton

Hannon, P. (forthcoming 2004) Moral Decision Making, Into the Classroom Series Dublin

Veritas Conscience in the Catholic Tradition

Darton, Longman and Todd Mc Namara, V. (1988) The Truth in Love: Reflections on Christian Morality, Dublin, Gill and Macmillan

Cullen, S. (2004) Religion and Gender, Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas

Wendle Moltmann, E. Women in the New Testament

Schussler Fiorenza, E. In Memory of Her New York, SCM Press

Reuther, R. Sexism and God-Talk London, SCM Press

Holland, J. and Henriot, P. (1980, revised edition 1993) Social Analysis: Linking Faith and Justice Washington DC: Orbis Books

Himes, Kenneth (2001) Responses to 101 Questions on Catholic Social Teaching New Jersey: Paulist

McDonagh, Sean (1990) The Greening of the Church London: Chapman

See also a range of materials from the World Council of Churches.

Collins, P. (2000) Prayer in Practice Dublin: Columba Press

De Mello, Anthony (1986) Wellsprin: A Book of Spiritual Exercises Garden City, N.Y Image Books : Columba Press Veritas

Boadt, L. (1984) Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction New York: Paulist Press

Brown, R.E., Fitzmyer J.A. & Murphy R.E. eds.(1990) The New Jerome Biblical Commentary London: Chapman

Brown, R.E. (1997) Introduction to the New Testament New York; Doubleday

Achtemeier, P.J., Green, J.B., & Thompson, M.M. (2001) Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology Grand Rapids: Ferdmans

Hegarty, B. (2003) The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas


Milne, K. A Short History of the Church of Ireland Colomba Press

O’Duinn, S. Where Three Streams Meet

Walsh J.R. & Bradley, T. A History of the Irish Church

O’Dwyer, P. Towards a History of Irish Spirituality

Harbison, P. Pre-Christian Ireland: From the First Settlers to the Early Celts London: Thames and Hudson

Walsh, J. (2003) Religion: the Irish Experience Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas

Barbour, Ian (2002) When Science Meets Religion: Enemies, Strangers or Partners? London: SPCK

Southgate, Christopher et al, (1999) God,Humanity and the Cosmos: A Textbook in Science and Religion Pennsylvania: Trinity International Press

Peters, Ted and Bennett eds, Gaymon (2002) Bridging Science and Religion London: SCM Press

McCarthy F. and McCann, J. (2003) Religion and Science Into the Classroom Series Dublin: Veritas