In order to draw out the relationship between publicly-oriented Christianity and education, this book demonstrates that education is an important method and prerequisite of public theology, as well as an urgent object of public theology research’s attention. Featuring work from diverse academic disciplines—including religion education, theology, philosophy, and religious studies—this edited collection also contends with the educational challenges that come with the decline of religion on the one hand and its transformation and regained public relevance on the other. Taken together, the contributions to this volume provide a comprehensive argument for why education deserves systematic attention in the context of public theology discourse, and vice versa.

chapter 1|9 pages


ByManfred L. Pirner

part I|93 pages

Fundamental Perspectives for Relating Public Theology and Education

chapter 2|12 pages

Reflexivity and Rapprochement

Explorations of a ‘Postsecular’ Public Theology 1
ByElaine Graham

chapter 3|14 pages

Public Theology and Liberal Education 1

ByHanan A. Alexander

chapter 4|16 pages

Public Religious Pedagogy—An Emerging New Paradigm? 1

ByManfred L. Pirner

chapter 5|12 pages

Educational Justice as Subject Matter of Public Religious Pedagogy

ByBernhard Grümme

chapter 8|11 pages

The Comenius-Institute

Promoting Educational Discourse and Practice in the Spirit of Public Theology
ByPeter Schreiner

part II|53 pages

Challenges of Public Theology for Ethical Reasoning and Learning

chapter 9|12 pages

Politics of Dignity

A Bridge Between Public Theology and Economy
ByUlrich Hemel

chapter 10|13 pages

Good Decision-Making in the Field of Business

A Discussion of the Challenges and Opportunities Offered by Public Religious Education
ByBirte Platow

chapter 11|13 pages

Leadership Development—A Field for Public Theology?

ByWillem Fourie

chapter 12|13 pages

“You Shall Not Make for Yourself a Carved Image”

Positive Inspiration for an Ethics of Journalistic Images from the Perspective of Public Theology
ByFlorian Höhne

part III|99 pages

Religion in Public Education. Tasks, Challenges and Controversies

chapter 13|12 pages

The Theological Lacuna in Australian RE

Closing the Gap with a Reconstructed Public Theology
ByTerence Lovat

chapter 14|12 pages

Religious Studies in Public Education

Promoting Critical and Appreciative Perspectives on Self, Society, and Nature
ByBruce Grelle

chapter 16|12 pages

Falling Through the Net

The Digital Divide as a Challenge for Public Theology, Global Learning and Religious Education
ByHenrik Simojoki

chapter 17|17 pages

The Politicization and Securitization of Religion in Education

A Response to a Rejoinder
ByLiam Gearon

chapter 18|22 pages

Politicization and Securitization?

The REDCo Project and the Toledo Guiding Principles
ByRobert Jackson

chapter 19|8 pages

We Need Religious Educators as Public Intellectuals

A Manifesto
BySiebren Miedema