Hi, I’m Carmen M Montaner, professor of
Religious Education in Valencia, Spain. What does the subject of Religious Education contribute to Education? If Education means to make people
freer and more complete from all views, the subject of religion
It is the key, and actually helps to cohere all other subjects, give them another depth; because if we care how a seed becomes a tree, we also can ask us ourselves
that wonder how it happens, or photosynthesis, or how it dawns or why the world is in
color and not in black and white. We ask questions about the existence,
thing we do people, not animals. Then we ask questions about our life; we wonder about what are we doing in this life? What happens when I die? What am I? Have I a mission?
Those kinds of questions are the questions of the meaning of life; and the subject of
religion favours, creating a suitable environment in the classroom, that students talk about these issues and ask themselves. The aim is not so much answers as
wonder. That makes a wider conscience and this is one target of the subject of religious education. Plus of course, also our history,
our culture (“culture” comes from “cult”) is full of the religious fact; and understand it more authentically is also an objective. Thank you very much.