DFG-Project (German Research Foundation)

Bibliography and critical historical evaluation of catholic and protestant literature on catechesis and religious education from 1750-1900


Start: Summer Term 2012

Time Span: 36 Months


Project Leadership:

Professor Dr. Bernd Schröder, Georg-August-University Göttingen

Professor Dr. Werner Simon, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz



Urte Borchardt (in Göttingen)

Cornelia Müller (in Mainz)


The project is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Association) and is lead by Prof. Dr. Bernd Schröder (Göttingen) and Prof. Dr. Werner Simon (Mainz). Its thematic focus is on the study of historical religious education. In a first and basic step the project aims to continue the existing „Biographies of Religious Education“ about the years 1900-1960 to the years 1750-1900.

The biography is meant to present a reliable instrument to unlock the professional discourse in the second half of the 18th century and the 19th century. The scientific analyses points at the existence of qualitative jumps in the contiuum of reflexion of practice and formation of theory, of catechesis and religious education. Thus, historical basics for the theoretical localisation of religious education are going to be won by taking a closer look on continuities and discontinuities of the history of the discipline.