Original Research - Special Collection: Faith practices

What is Children’s Theology? Children’s Theology as theological competence: Development, differentiation, methods

Mirjam Zimmermann
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2848 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2848 | © 2015 Mirjam Zimmermann | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2014 | Published: 21 August 2015

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Mirjam Zimmermann, Fakultät Philosophische, Evangelische Theologie Seminar, Universität Siegen, Germany; Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


Children’s Theology, theologising with children, or Child Theology has become an established concept in the discipline of religious education in Germany. The discipline departs from the point of view that children have a right to their religion, which makes the process of religious education the focal point. It is, however, important to understand the theology generated by children and also to create interaction with their religious views. This requires dialogue in which relevant questions are to be considered and discussed. The challenges for religious educators are subsequently treated.


Children’s theology; Kinderteologie Religious dialogue Religieuse dialog Theological competence; Teologiese kompetensie


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