Religious Education in a Plural, Secularised Society

Leni FrankenPatrick Loobuyck (Editor)

Religious Education in a Plural, Secularised Society

A Paradigm Shift

2011,  180  pages,  paperback,  24,90 €,  ISBN 978-3-8309-2543-9

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Many European societies are characterised by increasing forms of secularisation and religious diversity. This results in a paradigm shift with regard to religious education. For a long time, the main aim of religious education was, clearly, to educate children in their own religious tradition. Today, the aims of religious education are much broader: contributing to pupils’ general education (Allgemeinbildung) and preparing them for participation as a citizen in the future, multicultural society.

As a result, the following question arises in many countries: how can ‘teaching into religion’ be transformed into or complemented by ‘learning about’ and ‘learning from (the study of) religions’?

This book brings several distinguished authors in the field of religious education together to reflect on this paradigm shift. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is rather descriptive and gives an informative and up to date overview of the different discussions about religious education in several European countries. The second part is a normative reflection on the question of how religious education should be organised in plural secularised societies.

“This book is very important for the discussion about religious education. Its comparative approach combined with the interdisciplinary dialogue between the different schools in the field of religious education, make this book highly recommendable for everyone who is interested in the state of the art and the future of religious education in Europe.”
Didier Pollefeyt, full professor in theology and religious education at the Catholic University of Leuven


[...] In het boek wordt interreligieus leren vervolgens begrepen als het leren dialogiseren over de verschillen tussen de levensbeschouwelijke variaties. Het gaat in die dialoog uiteindelijk om het leren van verdraagzaamheid: het leren leven met verschillen en de ander leren aanvaarden en respecteren. [...]
Hugo Durinck in: Narthex. Tijdschrift voor levensbeschouwing en educatie, jaargang 12, nr. 1

[...] ein lesenswertes Buch, das einen raschen Überblick über das breite Thema „Religionsunterricht in einer pluralen, säkularisierten Gesellschaft“ bietet.
Boris Kalbheim in: Religionspädagogische Beiträge 69/2013