Theo-Web. Academic Journal of Religious Education 16 (2017), V.1, 131-161

Confessionality. Theological deliberations on confessional-cooperative RE in the light of the Leuenberg Agreement of 1973

Pursuant to Article 7 of the German Constitution, religious education at German schools is understood to be confessional. However, what is meant by ‘confessional’? The article addresses this question from the perspectives of religious constitutional law and Christian theology. A theological interpretation that draws on St. Paul’s impulse of self-distance and the ecumenical impulse of the Reformation understands confessionality as the life-form of ‘having as if you had not’. In light of the Leuenberg Agreement of 1973 the article dares to advance a preliminary answer to the question of what constitutes confessionality. The model of ‘reconciled difference’ becomes the guiding principle that recommends opening up RE to inter-confessional cooperation. In terms of the Leuenberg tendency of expanding the Protestant faith, a new ecumenical expansion should be boldly approached by opening up RE as well.

confessionalism, confessional-cooperative religious education, reconciled diversity, Leuenberg Concord

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