Next Article in Journal
Karl Rahner and the Elusive Search for Christian Unity
Next Article in Special Issue
Authentic Religious Education: A Question of Language?
Previous Article in Journal
The Survival of the Gift: An Enchanted Interpretation of Early Quakerism
Previous Article in Special Issue
Bad Religion as False Religion: An Empirical Study of UK Religious Education Teachers’ Essentialist Religious Discourse
Article Menu
Issue 11 (November) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Religions 2018, 9(11), 364;

New Representations of Religion and Belief in Schools

Education Division, School of Law & Social Sciences, London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA, UK
Received: 14 October 2018 / Revised: 6 November 2018 / Accepted: 13 November 2018 / Published: 16 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reenvisioning Religious Education)
PDF [217 KB, uploaded 16 November 2018]


Discussions around the future of Religious Education (RE) in England have focused on the need to address the diversity of religion and belief in contemporary society. Issues of the representation of religion and belief in Religious Education are central to the future of the subject. This article draws on research into key stakeholders’ views and aspirations for RE to map an alternative representation of religion and belief to that found in existing approaches that universalise, sanitise and privatise religion. The data reveal a thirst for the study of a broader range and a more nuanced understanding of religion and belief. This incorporates a focus on religion and belief as identity as well as tradition, the study of the role of religion in global affairs as well as the controversies and challenges it can pose for individuals and the exploration of religion and belief as fluid and contested categories. What may be described as a contemporaneous and sociological turn, moves beyond the existing binaries of religious/secular, public/private, good/bad, fluid/static that shape much existing representation, towards a representation of the ‘real religion and belief landscape’ in all its complexity. View Full-Text
Keywords: Religious Education (RE), representation; misrepresentation; sociological turn; categories Religious Education (RE), representation; misrepresentation; sociological turn; categories
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Shaw, M. New Representations of Religion and Belief in Schools. Religions 2018, 9, 364.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Religions EISSN 2077-1444 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert Logo copyright Steve Bridenbaugh/UUA
Back to Top