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History, Remembrance and Religious Education


Edited By Stephen G. Parker, Rob Freathy and Leslie J. Francis

How should the Holocaust be taught in schools, and to what end? What role should religious education play in recounting and remembering this human catastrophe? How has the nature and purpose of religious education changed and developed over time? What contribution should religious education make to identity formation, particularly regarding the role of memory, heritage and tradition? The scholarly reflections in this volume, drawing upon historical, theoretical and empirical perspectives, provide insights into past, present and potential future developments in religious and values education in a range of national contexts, including Germany, Israel, Norway, Canada and South Africa. The chapters fall under three headings: fostering a culture of remembrance; historical perspectives on religious education; and history, tradition, memory and identity. Together they form a unique collection of international perspectives upon these interlocking themes.
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LORNA M. A. BOWMAN is Professor of Religious Studies, Emerita and former Academic Dean of Brescia University College at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. Formerly the Director of Religious Education Programmes at the University of St Michael’s College, she is past president of the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education and of the Religious Education Association. Her research interests include the history of women, religion and education, and Catholic education in Canada. Her publications include articles in Religious Education, Journal of Religious Education, The Living Light, Toronto Journal of Theology, and British Journal of Theological Education.

REINHOLD BOSCHKI is Professor of Religious Education at the Roman Catholic Theological Department of Bonn University, Germany. After studies in theology and education at Tübingen University, Münster University, and Boston University, he taught Religious Education at public schools for several years. His PhD thesis focused on the work and the message of Nobel peace laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. He is committed to Christian-Jewish relations and serves as an official advisor to the German Bishops’ Conference on religious relationships with Jews in Germany. Special fields of research are Christian-Jewish relations, Holocaust remembrance, theology after Auschwitz, interreligious and intercultural education, early childhood education and adult education. He has published more than twenty books and more than 150 articles in these fields.

ODDRUN BRÅTEN has taught at the Department of Teacher Education at Sør-Trøndelag University College, Trondheim, Norway since 1998. She has...

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