Education between critique and theology

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Recent debates in Israel highlight a resurfacing of the tensions between secular education and religion by assuming a clear separation between a critical atitude toward religion and the preparing of students for a life of religious obedience. Drawing on Theodor Adorno's discussion of education from the 1960's I wish to challenge this taken-forgranted assumption. I show how Adorno's famous educational appeal for "critical self-reflection" can be traced back to its theological sources. Specifically, I argue that, in Kierkegaard's theology of love, Adorno found a particular case for bringing together critique and theology that he then brought to bear on his educational position in which secular education and religion do not represent contradictory elements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-486
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Ecumenical Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2021

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