1st Edition

Public Theology Perspectives on Religion and Education

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In order to draw out the relationship between publicly-oriented Christianity and education, this book demonstrates that education is an important method and prerequisite of public theology, as well as an urgent object of public theology research’s attention. Featuring work from diverse academic disciplines—including religion education, theology, philosophy, and religious studies—this edited collection also contends with the educational challenges that come with the decline of religion on the one hand and its transformation and regained public relevance on the other. Taken together, the contributions to this volume provide a comprehensive argument for why education deserves systematic attention in the context of public theology discourse, and vice versa.

    1 Introduction

    Manfred L. Pirner

    PART I

    Fundamental Perspectives for Relating Public Theology and Education

    2 Reflexivity and Rapprochement: Explorations of a "Postsecular" Public Theology

    Elaine Graham

    3 Public Theology and Liberal Education

    Hanan A. Alexander

    4 Public Religious Pedagogy – An Emerging New Paradigm?

    Manfred L. Pirner

    5 Educational Justice as Subject Matter of Public Religious Pedagogy

    Bernhard Grümme

    6 Public Theology and Public Education in the City:  a U.S. Perspective

    Katie Day

    7 The Biblical Wisdom Tradition for Public Theology and Its Consequences for Public Education

    Sebastian Kim

    8 The Comenius-Institute – Promoting Educational Discourse and Practice in the Spirit of Public Theology

    Peter Schreiner


    PART 2

    Challenges of Public Theology for Ethical Reasoning and Learning

    9 Politics of Dignity: a Bridge between Public Theology and Economy

    Ulrich Hemel

    10 Good Decision-making in the Field of Business. A Discussion of the Challenges to and Opportunities Offered by Public Religious Education

    Birte Platow

    11 Leadership Development: a Field for Public Theology?

    Willem Fourie

    12 "You Shall not Make for Yourself a Carved Image". Positive Inspiration for an Ethics of Journalistic Images from the Perspective of Public Theology

    Florian Höhne


    PART 3

    Religion in Public Education. Tasks, Challenges and Controversies

    13 The Theological Lacuna in Australian RE: Closing the Gap with a Re-constructed Public Theology

    Terence Lovat

    14 Religious Studies in Public Education: Promoting Critical and Appreciative Perspectives on Self, Society, and Nature

    Bruce Grelle

    15 Lost in Translation? Talking Religion at School and in the Public Space

    Thomas Wabel

    16 Falling Through the Net: The Digital Divide as a Challenge for Public Theology, Global Learning and Religious Education

    Henrik Simojoki

    17 The Politicisation and Securitisation of Religion in Education: A Response to a Rejoinder

    Liam Gearon

    18 Politicisation and Securitisation? The REDCo Project and the Toledo Guiding Principles

    Robert Jackson

    19 We Need Religious Educators as Public Intellectuals. A Manifesto

    Siebren Miedema


    Manfred L. Pirner is Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Research Unit for Public Religion and Education (RUPRE) at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

    Johannes Lähnemann is Emeritus Professor of Religious Education at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and Chairman of the Peace Education Standing Commission of Religions for Peace (RfP).

    Werner Haussmann is Senior Lecturer at the Chair of Religious Education at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and Deputy-Director of the Research Unit for Public Religion and Education (RUPRE).

    Susanne Schwarz is Professor of Religious Education at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany.