Religious Education Between Modernization and Globalization: New Perspectives on the United States and Germany

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W.B. Eerdmans, 2003 - Religion - 319 pages
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A constructive new approach to religious education While important strides are being made to improve religious education at the national level, there is much to be learned by looking at the subject from a global perspective. This volume is a first -- and very significant -- effort to reap the benefits of sharing educational successes and challenges between countries, in this case the United States and Germany. Featuring a unique comparative approach to religious education, this volume is sure to spark the interest of those in the field. The book first explores the importance of comparing religious education within differing social contexts, and it introduces "modernization, " "globalism, " and "postmodernism" as key terms for such research. Next, central figures and texts in twentieth-century religious education in both Germany and the United States are examined and compared. In the last section of the book the authors point to the challenges that religious education faces in the new millennium, and they offer constructive proposals that will interest not only Protestants and Catholics but also members of Jewish, Muslim, and other faith communities.

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Richard Robert Osmer is Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education and Director of the School of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he is the author of "Confirmation: Presbyterian Practices in Ecumenical Perspective", "Teaching for Faith", and "A Teachable Spirit".

Friedrich L. Schweitzer is professor of practical theology at the University of Tubingen in Germany.

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