Christian Theology is the human activity of bringing a religious tradition into conversation with our contemporary situation in a mutually critical way so as to deepen our understanding of, and commitment to, living out our faith in this situation as well as to transforming the world for the better (Madges, 1997, 293). Using each element of Madges’ definition of Theology, and any relevant aspects of the module, articulate your own theology of teaching Religious Education in a Catholic Primary School (1,000 words). Breakdown: Understanding of Contemporary Theology: 60% Personal integration of Theology and Religious Education: 40% Begin by focusing on the breakdown of the question. In short the question is asking you to articulate your contemporary understanding of theology, and then apply that to your own work. So, use Madges’s definition as a springboard. Note a couple of important things about Madges’s definition: (1) He’s defining Christian Theology as something that is in conversation (from a critical perspective) with contemporary life…. (2) and this is transformative. So, I would begin by articulating what Christian theology is (highlight it as a critical enterprise), and then apply it to how this might impact your understanding of a theology in Primary School. Continue to link back to Madges’s definition and any other aspect of the course that you want to incorporate. Remember: Use the Introduction to clearly set the terms of your essay. An academic essay is an exercise in both research and communication. Effective communication from the outset is crucial. Clear essay aims help to focus the trajectory of your essay.