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1st Edition

Public Theology Perspectives on Religion and Education

ISBN 9780367662202
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Manfred L. Pirner


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



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



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

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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.