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Верска настава у Србији између традиционализма и секуларизма
Religious Education in Serbia: Between Traditionalism and Secularism

Author(s): Radomir Marinković
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History of Education, State/Government and Education, Eastern Orthodoxy
Published by: Свети Архијерејски Синод
Keywords: Catechesis; Church; education; secularism; traditionalism; mission; values; Eucharist; testimony; language; youth

Summary/Abstract: The following paper is a review of the challenges in front of which religious education finds itself in today’s a secular society. Religious education represents the most important field of Church’s mission today. Ever since it’s return to public schools, the place and role of religious education in public schools has been the subject of various fiery debates. Besides that, the entire sociohistorical context inside of which religious education is done today presents the Church with a great challenge. Secularism has penetrated all the aspect of both social and individual life, thereby pushing religion to the brink. However, the answer to the challenges of secularism should not be sought in the past and the return to traditional education. Traditionalism is no less a challenge for the Church and it’s mission, because what is today considered „traditional Christianity“ contains many more pagan than Christian elements. Christianity that wishes to be an alternative to a life in secular society has to be authentic. Religious education can only succeed if it becomes a reflection of authentic Christian experience and life inside the Church.

  • Issue Year: XLIX/2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 633-644
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Serbian