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Education Sciences, v7 Article 30 2017

Education is a human right. It prepares human beings for life, helps to develop individual abilities and opens up social opportunities--e.g., earning one's own living. Religion interprets our human existence in connection to a transcendental dimension. Religion can also influence moral values and behavior. The Christian religion established a basis for social life, and thus deals with religious and moral justice. As the Christian faith is understood as the identity of the qualities of love of God, of your neighbor and even of your enemy, it has to look for justice in the world. Modern Christian ethics does unfold interpersonal and global justice for all people and tries to give good reasons for moral claims. Religious education in a Christian context has to answer the question of what kind of justice is to be taught and by what means justice, as a goal of education, can be reached within such a setting. This article will unfold, from an ethical point of view, what kind of knowledge and competence teachers must have and what kind of goals can be followed with regard to their pupils or students. The results of this reflection imply certain pedagogical methods and means and exclude others--although it is not possible to go more deeply into a pedagogical discussion. [This article was translated by Anna Kohlwey.]

Descriptors: Religious Education, Social Justice, Christianity, Ethics, Teacher Competencies, Knowledge Level, Educational Objectives, Teaching Methods, Equal Education, Moral Values

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Autor: Bobbert, Monika


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