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Religious Studies in German Schools
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[German Version]

Educational-didactic draft outlines for “LER” (Ger. Lebensgestaltung – Ethik – Religionskunde [Lifestyle – Ethics – Religious Instruction]) in the German school curriculum grew out of the educational reform movement of the German Democratic Republic’s final year (1989/1990), initially in reaction to standard education imbued with socialist ideology at school, which systematically excluded all issues pertaining to the individual conduct of life. From this point on, by contrast, the conduct of life was to stand “at the center of general education” (1989). This a…

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Fauth, Dieter, “Religious Studies in German Schools”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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