Theo-Web. Academic Journal of Religious Education 16 (2017), V.1, 22-46

Justification – perspectives for religious education on a psychological basis

This paper interprets the motif of justification in the context of four motives of self-evaluation (self-enhancement, self-assessment, self-improvement and self-verification). Additionally, the relevance of the motif of justification is demonstrated with reference to the related self-reflexive emotions of guilt, shame and pride. In an empirical section, adolescent experiences of self-evaluation are differentiated based on the quadrants of the values space. The potential of the diverse interpretations of justification is shown for each quadrant. The insights so gained are subsequently applied in an argumentative, emotion-oriented and action-oriented proposal for religious education.

justification, self-assessment, lifeworld, guilt, shame, pride

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