Hans Schwarz zum 75. Geburtstag- Hans Schwarz on the Occasion of his 75 th Birthday
Edited By Matthias Heesch, Thomas Kothmann and Craig L. Nessan
The 39 contributions to this special issue develop the theme Theology in Engagement with Church and Politics from a variety of perspectives. Alongside the exploration of historical aspects, both contemporary political questions and ethical dilemmas are examined. Further contributions are devoted to the reflection upon practical theology, Christian congregational praxis, and contextual studies, which demonstrate the political and cultural relevance of this theme beyond Europe. The international circle of authors is constituted largely of colleagues and students of Professor Hans Schwarz, systematic theologian from Regensburg, Germany. In conjunction with the 2014 University of Regensburg Summer School, the authors dedicate this volume to the lifetime achievement of Hans Schwarz on the occasion of his 75
Denominational and Interreligious: Contemporary Reforms of Religious Education in Austria
Martin Rothgangel – Martin Jäggle – Philipp Klutz
An overview of the specific context of religious education in Austria is presented plus the contemporary reform of religious education in secondary schools which is based on a competence orientation. In certain aspects this reform is unique in Europe, as it is both denominational and interreligious.
The following paper of the contemporary reforms of religious education in Austria consists of two parts: to begin with, there is an overview of the specific context of religious education in Austria. In the second part the contemporary reform of religious education concerning the secondary school will be presented, which is based on a competence orientation. The reform seems to be in certain aspects unique in Europe, as it is both denominational and interreligious.
In this part we will present some historical aspects, sociological data about the religious affiliation, and legal aspects concerning religious education.
During the Counter-Reformation the Roman Catholic faith of the Habsburgs was re-established in Austria, sometimes even in a violent way. For some centuries, ← 463 | 464 → Catholicism was the Austrian people’s ‚fate’ and became a sort of socio-cultural way of life. Until one generation ago, it was self-evident that during the course of the year major holidays were celebrated in a Roman Catholic way, children were baptized and the dead received a Christian burial. These conditions changed over the past few decades. Austrian society has evolved from a largely Roman Catholic monoculture,...
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