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The Role of Artifacts in Religious Learning Processes for Vulnerable Youth

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This article empirically explores how the use of non-religious mediating artifactsmay open up or close spaces of possibilitiesfor young people residing in childcare institutions in their processes of religious learning. As opposed to studies focusing on teaching sessions, worship services, or Christian rituals, the present paper examines three situations where one does not automatically expect religious learning to take place. Hence, we argue that the theoretical perspectives employed in this paper allows us to see how seemingly insignificant material objects may play a significant role in processes of religious learning.

Affiliations: 1: Ordained pastor in the Church of Norway Pastor for the Scandinavian Korsvei (CrossRoads) movement Associate Professor, Practical Theology, MFNorwegian School of Theology, Oslo, ; 2: Program Director, Bachelor Program Youth, Culture, and Faith Associate Professor, Practical Theology, MFNorwegian School of Theology, Oslo Previously served as Youth Deacon, Church of Norway,


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