MANY RELIGIONS, DIFFERENT CULTURES – ONE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION? YOUNG PEOPLE’S PERCEPTIONS OF RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: A CHALLENGE FOR NEW CONCEPTIONS
AbstractIn Hamburg you will not find a class whose pupils are homogeneously German and certainly not with a uniform Christian, in particular Protestant-Lutheran background. Two processes have had their influence on school: The drastic decrease in church membership in the last 20 years and the emergence of a plurality of religions which is mainly the result of immigration. Due to this, there are many children in the schools of our city who have only a weak tie to the traditional forms of Christianity or no tie at all. There is also a significant number of children who belong to other religions, primarily – but not exclusively to Islam. Furthermore, those who consider themselves as religiously committed cannot be looked upon as a homogenous group with regard to their adherence to one of the major religions.
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