Religious Literacy and Religious Education in Europe and the United States

Rolf Schieder

Humboldt University

Prof. Rolf Schieder holds the chair of Practical Theology at Humboldt University. He is the speaker of the Program on Religion and Politics. His research is focused on politics of religion, interreligious competences, and religion and economics. He is the author of “Wieviel Religion vertraegt Deutschland?” (2001) and editor of “Religion and Politics in the United States and Germany. Old Divisions and New Frontiers” (2007).

Issue Brief 27

Finding a balance between secular education and teaching the lessons found in religion is quite difficult, as experienced by public school systems in both Germany and the U.S. In Issue Brief 27, Rolf Schieder of Humboldt University examines religious education and analyzes the German and American educational systems, focusing on the question of how to best develop religious literacy without alienating any of the wide range of interested parties in this debate.


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