Godsdienstonderwijs en godsdienstwetenschap: De grondslagen van de meest gebruikte methoden voor het vak godsdienst/levensbeschouwing in het voortgezet onderwijs | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 61, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268


In the first part an overview of recent developments with regard to the position of religious education and the teaching about religion (‘religion education’) in Dutch secondary schools is presented. The authors argue that the Study of Religions has become more relevant for religious education than some decades ago because of ongoing pluralisation, secularisation and globalisation processes that have transformed Dutch society. The present-day Study of Religion focuses on local and new religions, in addition to world religions, and is not only neutral with regard to various religious groups, but, like other human sciences, has become strongly (self) reflexive. In the second part the most widely used text books are analysed. On the basis of this analysis it is argued that much could be gained by a close cooperation between students of the Study of Religion, educationalists and teachers involved in teaching about religions and religious education. The authors suggest various ways in which this could be done.


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