Swiss churches plead for religious course in the gymnasium


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Gymnasiums should introduce compulsory religion courses in their curriculum. That is what Reformed, Christian Catholic and Roman Catholic churches plead for in a joint statement.

A religious discipline would play “an essential role in enabling young people to competently manage ethics and lived morality, freedom and obligations, criticism and claims.” That is what the church leaderships write in their statement, as reported by Evangeliques.info.

Their call comes in response to a consultation on September 20th on the reform of the gymnasium education quality. According to the church leaders, a religious discipline would create the “necessary conditions to challenge and stimulate the holders of a gymnasium diploma on existential questions and fight against fundamentalist attitudes.”

The church leaderships of so many different churches do not often cooperate in such fashion.



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