The Merits of Using “Worldview” in Religious Education

Jacomijn C. van der Kooij, Doret J. de Ruyter, Siebren Miedema

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This article aims to argue that worldview is a useful concept in religious education because of its encompassing character. In the first part of the article three essential characteristics of “worldview” are distinguished: “worldview” includes religious and secular views; a distinction between organized and personal worldviews should be made; and existential questions are a necessary part of “worldview.” The second part of the article demonstrates how two articles about Grimmitt's distinction between learning about and from religion benefit from using “worldview” and how the authors can address their points more clearly by using the concept and its three essential characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-184
Number of pages13
JournalReligious Education
Issue number2
Early online date22 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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