Education in the Context of Christian Humanism

Reflections Based on the Teaching of Benedict XVI

  • Wieslaw Łużynski Nicolaus Copernicus University
Palabras clave: Humanism, Christianity, Education, Benedict XVI, Growth, Young person.


Education should be placed in the context of Christian humanism. For Benedict XVI the relationship with God is the main element stimulating our personal growth. Faith encompassing the entire human existence creates a permanent life foundation, directs and gives a full meaning to life. Education should be directed towards the formation of original personality. In this process a young person plays a principal role, whereas the educator is an auxiliary factor. In the context of crisis of education the Pope proposes the conditions of authentic education, such as the climate of love, sensitivity to truth and suffering, discovering the balance between discipline and freedom, the influence of role models, responsible treatment of education and hope coming from faith.

La educación debe situarse en el contexto del humanismo cristiano. Para Benedicto XVI, la relación con Dios es el principal elemento que estimula nuestro crecimiento personal. La fe que abarca toda la existencia humana crea una base de vida permanente, dirige y da un sentido completo a la vida. La educación debe estar dirigida hacia la formación de una personalidad original. En este proceso, una persona joven desempeña un papel principal, mientras que el educador es un factor auxiliar. En el contexto de la crisis de la educación, el Papa propone las condiciones de una autentica educación, como el de un ambiente de amor, la sensibilidad a la verdad y el sufrimiento, el descubrimiento del equilibrio entre la disciplina y la libertad, la influencia de los modelos a seguir, el tratamiento responsable de la educación y la esperanza proveniente de la fe.


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Łużynski, Wieslaw. 2021. Education in the Context of Christian Humanism. Carthaginensia 37 (71), 167-80.