Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

“Christianity” or “the Christianity”—That is the Question

Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Annika Hvithamar [+-]
University of Copenhagen
Annika Hvithamar is Associate Professor at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, History of Religions Section, at the University of Copenhagen and a sociologist of religion, specializing in the Russian Orthodox Church and contemporary Christianity. She has published textbooks in Religious Studies for upper secondary school and articles (in Danish) on the dichotomy between how religion is studied at the university level compared with how it is taught in primary and secondary schools.

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Luther has not lived in vain. Not only is he responsible for one of the larger branches of Protestantism, but also the Lutheran insistence on sola scriptura has profoundly influenced the way religion is taught in Denmark. This heritage and the consequences thereof constitute the topic of the following chapter. After introducing the law and the history of teaching religion in the Danish educational system, I will discuss the Lutheran legacy in primary and secondary education, starting with the approach to the concept of “Christianity,” The basis for the discussion will be the executive orders for the topic in the education system and examples from popular contemporary textbooks. Finally I will discuss textbook material for primary and secondary education, based on religious studies didactics: To what degree is it possible to produce educational material based on study-of-religion didactics in the existing system, and what challenges are connected with doing so?

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Hvithamar, Annika. “Christianity” or “the Christianity”—That is the Question. Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 212-226 Apr 2014. ISBN 9781781790557. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23882. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23882. Apr 2014

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