Edited By Stephen G. Parker, Rob Freathy and Leslie J. Francis
10 Religious Education and Mission: Historical Links and Present Challenges
Organized Christian mission has often included strong educational and especially religious-educational efforts. Often the aims, contents and methodological shaping of these (religious) educational efforts reflected different influential factors. For example, approaches to Religious Education reflected the country of origin of missionary educationalists as well as their understanding of ‘mission’. Remembering this way of (ab-)using Religious Education within a missionary framework seems to be an important task not only for educationalists dealing with theories of Religious Education (who should be historically enlightened) but also for pupils. At least at high school level, reflecting on former ways of Religious Education (in this case focused on the so-called Third World) might be a suitable occasion to think about appropriate principles and intentions of Religious Education in the present. Reconstruction of this forgotten aspect of the history of Religious Education should be a major priority. This chapter will outline the German ‘missionary’ engagement in Palestine from the nineteenth century until today. It will discern different patterns of ‘Religious Education’ in the past and present from a philanthropic-paternal to a contextual one. Thus, reconstructing the history and remembering the missionary use of Religious Education confronts the forgotten aspects of the inculturation of Religious Education and its – sometimes unexpected – historical outcomes. A symmetric and critical dialogue between Religious Educationalists requires this kind of historical sense to be developed as a fundamental aspect of Religious Educational research. ← 233 | 234 →
Some preliminary remarks
The heading ‘Religious Education and...
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