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Religious Education and Values

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This article looks at the kind of religious education that young people want and their value orientations. The data comes from a survey in questionnaire form that was administered to 1925 adolescents (mean age 17.8), of whom 55% were female. As well, 50% of respondents were Roman Catholic, 25% were Lutheran, and 22% reported belonging to no religious community. Essentially the young respondents expressed a wish for religious education that provides objective information about the different religions and encourages them to find answers to important life questions. With the acceptance of family and self-management value dimensions, acceptance of monoreligious instruction also increases. Strong autonomy values, on the other hand, correlate with acceptance of multireligious education. Religious education is rejected altogether by young people who express hedonistic values and want to be always up to date with the latest technology.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Practical Theology, University of Würzburg


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