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Diversity and Intersectionality

Studies in Religion, Education and Values


Edited By Jeff Astley and Leslie J. Francis

This volume brings together two core concepts that are central to understanding the social and public significance of religions and theologies within the contemporary world and are therefore of key importance to the discipline of religious education: diversity and intersectionality. Religious diversity requires an understanding of religions and theologies and their roles within a plural society. However, the effect of the intersectionality of multiple social identities on a person’s flourishing illuminates the ways in which the broader complexity of diversity must be viewed from different perspectives.

These core constructs were brought together in a recent conference convened by the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values, the leading international association for religious educators across the world. This volume presents twelve key contributions made to the seminar, spanning both conceptual and empirical approaches, and represents a unique collection of international perspectives on the interlocking themes of intersectionality and diversity.

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11 Coping with Diversity by Means of Inclusive Education: Reflections from a Christian (Protestant) Perspective on If and How Theological Arguments can Support a Pedagogical Concept



Coping with diversity comes to religious education as an impulse in the name of modern pedagogy and politics. In order to meet this challenge in a substantial way it is inevitable to consider how it fits into the self-understanding of religious communities responsible for religious education. This question might not be answered in general; every religious community has to revisit its own foundations and ideas. My chapter will offer a close reading of protestant theological thinking dealing with plurality and diversity, starting from biblical references like Paul’s letter to the Galatians (3:26–28) and finally focusing on contemporary ways of theologically affirming pluralism, as for example in Christoph Schwöbel’s concept of plurality.

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