EDITORIAL

Religion and Adult Education

Spirituality and religion are an integral part of the human condition. Religion shares many aspects with learning and education: a search for meaning, knowledge claims, canons and traditions.

21.12.2015

A collection of articles on religion and adult education – why now?

Because the theme is timeless. Spirituality and religion are an integral part of the human condition. Religion shares many aspects with learning and education: a search for meaning, knowledge claims, canons and traditions. But the perennial question remains: is there space for faith-based knowledge claims of religion in a secular mindset, informed by the scientific method?

Because the theme is topical. The big issues of late 2015, the refugee influx, the threat of terrorism and multicultural co-existence all have a religious dimension. Is religion really an obstacle to peaceful co-existence?

We publish this issue in two waves, in December and in late January. The articles of the first wave cover a variety of themes: are there links between adult education and religion in contemporary Europe? How would a Buddhist or neo-pagan Druid define learning? How does an Islamic study circle promote integration? Or have you ever wondered why German adult education institutions often bear churchly names (but never dared to ask)?

In the January wave we will cover topics ranging from ISIS religious indoctrination strategies to academic debates on religion and adult education.

Have a good read!