Theo-Web. Academic Journal of Religious Education 16 (2017), V.2, xx-yy

The absurd alternative of ethics and Religious instruction. A logical-ethical commentary

This article analyzes the argumentative weight of comparisons between ethics and denominational religious education in public schools. The imputed competitive relationship between these subjects gives rise to categorical errors and ethical con-tradictions. If one avoids these, however, one can make the case for a juxtaposition of both subjects. The legitimacy of subjects depends on the scientific justification of their content. And the freedom of science, accordingly, forms the background for denominational religious education. However, religion as a cross-denominational subject implies an epistemological situation in which the criteria for verifying the truth claims of the various religions have been finalized.

Ethical education, confessional religious education, metaethics, normative ethics, scien-tific freedom

Theo-Web. Academic Journal of Religious Education 16 (2017), V.2