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Life-World Orientation In Religious Education

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This chapter explains the dimensions of life world in which the historical development of religious education is reflected. The conceptual development of religious education in Germany was oriented at the content which had been determined by the theological faculties and by the institutions of the churches. The factor "life world" has basically not been part of the perspective. Until the nineteen-sixties, the factor "pupil" only played a minor role in religious education. Until the nineteen-sixties almost all students took part in confessional religious education. The life world relevance of the traditional religious education contents is understood by a minority of students. This is reflected in pupils' questionnaires about the popularity of religious education: religious education is least attractive.

Keywords: Germany; life world relevance; religious education; theological education



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