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Constructive Criticism of Religion in Secular Swedish Religious Education.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Ethics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre. (Impact of Religion)
2020 (English)In: A Constructive Critique of Religion : Encounters between Christianity, Islam and Non-religion in Secular Societies. / [ed] Mia Lövheim, Mikael Stenmark, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There is a growing awareness in many Western countries concerning religious and cultural diversity. In this situation, expectations are often raised that public education should provide pupils with knowledge and competences to prepare them for a society characterized by a variety of worldviews. Also in the non-confessional Swedish school subject of Religious Education, central aims of the subject include the fostering of tolerance and literacy of citizens. Another principal task is to promote critique of religion (National Agency for Education, 2011). This makes the Swedish case especially interesting for exploring if and how these timely but also demanding tasks may be combined, and to what degree public education can contribute to a more sensible and nuanced public discussion on religion. The role of Religious Education teachers in this respect is however understudied, which is notable since the teachers are pivotal. They can be found caught between demanding, multiple, and sometimes diverging aims regarding the subject. This chapter will investigate how RE teachers describe critique of religion in relation to their teaching, and what didactical strategies they use to handle critique of religion.

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London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
Keywords [en]
teacher, school, religion, critique of religion, critical religious literacy, religious diversity, secularism
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Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion; Curriculum Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-400841ISBN: 9781350113107 (print)ISBN: 9781350113114 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-400841DiVA, id: diva2:1382522
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The Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy, Swedish Research Council
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Swedish Research Council, 2013-2318Available from: 2020-01-03 Created: 2020-01-03 Last updated: 2020-01-09

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