Religious education potential tool for social cohesion

Koceva, Daniela (2019) Religious education potential tool for social cohesion. In: First European Conference on Religious Dialogue and Cooperation. (In Press)


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The past decades have witnessed the reintegration of religions into the public arena, involving the emergence of new religions, as well as significant changes in old religions. This religious revival and this religious transformation are largely conditioned by the rapid growth of immigration and the creation of new "diasporas" - communities that are globally networked. Religion plays an important role in the constitution of collective identities and in the shaping of both national and international cultural characteristics and boundaries. The frequency of tensions and conflicts related to religion has especially increased in the world, their motives can also be reflected on cultural, political and socio-economic spheres. The heterogeneity, conditioned by the new migration movements, essentially changes the old religious pluralism - it turns into a cultural and ethnic pluralism. Faith is in some way closely related to culture; and, in today's world, people with different cultures come in contact as never before. Whether it creates harmony or discord, depends on our way of thinking - open or closed. Whether the strong religious faith can coexist in today's pluralism and whether its coexistence is facilitated through the institutions of education, we will see in the further analysis of this paper. However, education and the media play an important role in shaping the perceptions of religion. Regarding education, we should try to bring diversity into the education system. Young people, even from early childhood, should be able to learn about intercultural realities and communicate with people of different backgrounds. Intercultural exchange can be an effective instrument for teaching religion - it needs to be reformed to include pluralism and put an emphasis on interfaith dialogue.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Social Sciences > Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Science
Depositing User: Daniela Koceva
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 09:54
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2019 09:54

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