Debatte – Diskussion: How secular we are – and what this means for research in education

Lovis Bergdahl, Mette Buchardt, Jeroen J.H. Dekker, Ezequiel Gomez Caride, Hoda Mahmoudi, Stephen G. Parker, Weili Zhao, Oded Zipory

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Secularization theories play(ed) a central role in our self-understanding as modern people and researchers. However, it has become increasingly clear how much they have marginalized the difference between church and religion and tended to overlook how religiosity shapes modern understandings of science, nation, and school. This insight plays an essential role especially in the field of modern education, as it is precisely located at the intersection of modern educational science and psychology, the nation-state, and the modern school. Mette Buchardt has taken on the task of analyzing this complex phenomenon, which has so much to do with us and our self-understanding as rational citizens and researchers, asking what epistemological consequences it has for research when we abandon the premises of secularization theories. Seven internationally operating scholars have commented on her considerations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-195
Number of pages33
JournalBildungsgeschichte (IJHE)
Issue number2
StatePublished - 6 Oct 2021


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