The phenomenon of non-denominationalism is increasingly becoming the focus of scholarly debate for Germany as a whole. The concept of non-denominationalism itself is ambiguous, because although it encompasses a variety of individual phenomena, the reference point of religion means that it is always related to religion and thus does not do justice to the phenomenon of secularism as a semantic of non-denominationalism. On the basis of various empirical studies, the first part of the article shows the range of interpretations of the term and then discusses it critically with regard to its coherence. Following this, the distinction between "faith" and "religious belief" of the German-French fundamental theologian Christoph Theobald is taken up with recourse to the approach of "Christianity as style" and made fruitful for the encounter between religious and secular lifeworld. The results are then concretized in the field of action of independent church schools as an interface between church and society in the field of formal education.
Academic Journal of Religious Education