The model of religious education in today's secular and multicultural societies - Post-Confessional Inclusivist Religious Education (PCIRE)


BRITISH JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, vol.45, no.2, pp.127-137, 2023 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01416200.2022.2122934
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, ATLA Religion Database, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • Page Numbers: pp.127-137
  • Keywords: Religious education model, inclusivist, multicultural societies, pluralism, plurality
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


"Pularity" has emerged due to the rapid communication and interaction of different religions, languages, and cultural elements with the effect of globalization, modernization, secularization, and the necessity to live together. It has affected not only the politics of countries but also education and imposed new duties and responsibilities on it. In particular, the coexistence of individuals with different religious and cultural backgrounds raises the question of how to teach "religion," which is one of the determining elements of their identities, also becomes one of the main problems in the science of religious education. In the context of this study, the role of religious education in secular and multicultural societies is emphasized, and the 'Post-Confessional Inclusivist Religious Education' model is mentioned as a new proposal. The main purpose of this model is to contribute to the training of individuals who can understand the phenomenon of "pularity" correctly and finally manage to live in peace and reconciliation by preserving their differences. However, it is aimed not to exclude and marginalize the "differences" exterior to the individual's religious tradition but rather to have a "cultural pluralist" understanding because people's will and choices are as effective as their choices in choosing their beliefs.