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Religious Education
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[German Version]

I. History

Religious education (RE) in schools, in modern usage of the term (for RE in a broader sense see Christian doctrine classes, Confirmation classes), is the result of the general differentiation process that led to the promotion of religious learning beyond the contexts of family and worship. The schools of the European cultural sphere arose largely in the area of the church (School and church, Church schools, Mo…

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Grethlein, Christian, Lachmann, Rainer, Link, Christoph, Schröder, Bernd and Heine, Peter, “Religious Education”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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