Religious Education in Pre-Modern Europe


Although religious education is a much-debated topic in present-day History of Religions, its study focuses almost exclusively on contemporary phenomena. Furthermore, this field of study still lacks a comprehensive theoretical framework to structure research. The volume presented here explores religious education from a historical perspective, focusing on source material from pre-modern Europe. Scholars from the History of Religions, Theology, Classical Philology, Medieval Studies and Byzantine Studies contribute their expertise to analyse selected aspects of religious education in Antiquity, Byzantium and the Middle Ages, highlighting the diverse concepts of education, educational contents, actors, media, methods, ideals and intentions at play, and anchoring their case studies in the broader panorama of European history. Based on this material, the editors propose a systematic framework to map the research field.

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Ilinca Tanaseanu-Döbler, Dr. phil. (2005), Universität Bayreuth, is Professor of the History of Religions at the Courant Research Centre EDRIS, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Her research has focused on religions in antiquity, and her second monograph, entitled Theurgy in Late Antiquity: Inventing a Ritual Tradition is forthcoming in the series Beiträge zur Europäischen Religionsgeschichte (BERG; Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2012).

Marvin Döbler defended his PhD-thesis at the University of Bremen (2010) and works in the Department of the History of Religions there. He is interested in historical and methodological topics and his monograph entitled Die Mystik und die Sinne: Eine religionshistorische Untersuchung am Beispiel Bernhards von Clairvaux is also forthcoming in the series BERG (Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht, 2012).

Contributors include Christoph Auffarth, Charles Guittard, Reinhard Feldmeier, E. Rozanne Elder, Andreas Schwab, Nikos Kalogeras, Marvin Döbler, and Ilinca Tanaseanu-Döbler.
These essays - the excellent bibliographies included - constitute state-of-the-art scholarship. They are excellently edited, and their contents are
well worth pondering by anyone involved in the study of RE (Religious Education ed.) today.
- Robert J. Doornenbal in: Journal of Education and Christian Belief 17, no. 2 (2013).

Towards a Theoretical Frame for the Study of Religious Education: an Introduction - Ilinca Tanaseanu-Döbler, Marvin Döbler

Religious Education in Classical Greece - Christoph Auffarth

Etrusca Disciplina: How Was It Possible to Learn about Etruscan Religion in Ancient Rome? - Charles Guittard

Before the Teachers of Israel and the Sages of Greece: Luke-Acts as a Precursor of the Conjunction of Biblical Faith and Hellenistic Education - Reinhard Feldmeier

Religious Education in Late Antique Paganism - Ilinca Tanaseanu-Döbler

From a Way of Reading to a Way of Life: Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nazianzus about Poetry in Christian
Education - Andreas Schwab

Locating Young Students in Byzantine Churches: A Chapter on Primary and Secondary Religious Education in Byzantium - Nikos Kalogeras

Formation for Wisdom, Not Education for Knowledge - E. Rozanne Elder

Bernard of Clairvaux and Religious Education. An Approach from the Perspective of the History of Religions - Marvin Döbler
All those interested in intellectual history, the history of religions in Europe, or religious education, as well as historians of religion, classical philologists, theologians, and medieval scholars.