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Ambiguity, politically: challenges for Religious Education in times of populism and political polarization. Theological and didactic perspectives


Schlag, Thomas (2022). Ambiguity, politically: challenges for Religious Education in times of populism and political polarization. Theological and didactic perspectives. : Theo-Web.

Abstract

Especially in current times of crisis and various challenges to democratic rules and processes, democracy is fundamentally dependent on public deliberation and therefore requires processes of learning and acquiring the necessary skills in dealing with political ambiguities. For the formation and cultivation of democratic consciousness, which is of great urgency in order to oppose anti-democratic attitudes and practices effectively, religious education has to take up a specific role and responsibility. From a fundamentally intersubjective orientation towards the acquisition and cultivation of tolerance of ambiguity, religious education contributes specifically in a theological sense by raising aspects of human dignity and the recognition of the other, equality regardless of gender, origin, race or religion.

Abstract

Especially in current times of crisis and various challenges to democratic rules and processes, democracy is fundamentally dependent on public deliberation and therefore requires processes of learning and acquiring the necessary skills in dealing with political ambiguities. For the formation and cultivation of democratic consciousness, which is of great urgency in order to oppose anti-democratic attitudes and practices effectively, religious education has to take up a specific role and responsibility. From a fundamentally intersubjective orientation towards the acquisition and cultivation of tolerance of ambiguity, religious education contributes specifically in a theological sense by raising aspects of human dignity and the recognition of the other, equality regardless of gender, origin, race or religion.

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Item Type:Scientific Publication in Electronic Form
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Institute of Theology
Dewey Decimal Classification:230 Christianity & Christian theology
Uncontrolled Keywords:democracy, populism, tolerance, ambiguity, dignity, Religious Education
Language:English
Date:19 May 2022
Deposited On:29 Aug 2022 13:28
Last Modified:31 Aug 2022 08:22
Publisher:Theo-Web
Series Name:TheoWeb: Zeitschrift für Religionspädagogik // Academic Journal of Religious Education
Number of Pages:9
ISSN:1863-0502
Additional Information:This article is an extended and actualized version of an article in German under the title “Demokratie/Populismus”. In: Simojoki, H. / Körtner, U.H.J. / Rothgangel, M. (Hg.) (2022): Ethische Kernthemen. Lebensweltlich – theologisch-ethisch – didaktisch (Theologie für Lehrerinnen und Lehrer 4), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 74-84.
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.23770/tw0232
Official URL:https://www.theo-web.de/ausgaben/2020/19-jahrgang-2020-heft-2/news/ambiguity-politically-challenges-for-religious-education-in-times-of-populism-and-political-polarization-theological-and-didactic-perspectives
Related URLs:https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/214137/
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  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)