Theo-Web. Academic Journal of Religious Education 16 (2017), V.1, 162-174

Quality speech? – The relevance of theological speech for today’s life-world exemplified by the notion of ‘sin’

The core question of this article is the question of the relevance of theological speech for a life-world in which religious semantics are often perceived as a foreign language. How can theological terms be communicated in such a way that they become significant and supportive to the lives of young people? Exemplified by the term ‘sin’ the article shows why and how theological notions can be successfully made understandable to pupils. The development of such a ‘quality speech’ aims at convincing young people of the theological quality of an understanding of sin that is not just oriented towards security (as is mostly the case with young people’s understanding of sin) but one that can help them increase their self-esteem.

sin, understanding of sin, young adults, lifeworld, philosophical anthropology, grace, relevance, quality

Theo-Web. Academic Journal of Religious Education 16 (2017), V.1