Diversity and the political function of religious education
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Original versionSkeie, G. (2006) Diversity and the political function of religious education.British Journal of Religious Education, 28(1), p. 19-32 10.1080/01416200500273612
Questions about the relationship between religion and politics are discussed with particular focus on the consequences for religious education. Norway is taken as an example of a country where increasing cultural diversity challenges traditional politics of religion. In the present climate of conflicting views on the role of religion in politics, religious education is higher on the political agenda in many European countries, but it is unclear which path the governments choose to follow. For religious educators it is important to engage critically in the political debate about religion, and to show a basic political loyalty towards the education of the individual child and towards improving the lifeworld of children.