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Religious Education, Science of
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[German Version]

I. Protestantism

1. Concept and subject area

Religionspädagogik (RP), as the German technical term designating the science of religious education or pedagogics, is first attested in 1889 in the writings of Max Reischle (1858–1905), a disciple of A. Ritschl (Bockwoldt, 9f.). The first professorship for (Protestant) RP was instituted in 1924 in Göttingen (Roggenkamp-Kaufmann, 119f.). The term denotes “a ‘modern’ German science situated between…

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Grethlein, Christian, Ziebertz, Hans-Georg and Schreiner, Peter, “Religious Education, Science of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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