Our religion lessons aim to be more than (just) a general educational fact subject. Religions encompass specific lines of thought and discourses leading us into an unknown world which needs to be translated, understood and interpreted. Their traces can be found at all times and everywhere right up to the present day. As a result, a person who has no idea about religion will have difficulty understanding or assessing a discussion about our current times. Recognising religion as a foreign language, with a vocabulary that has to be compiled and a grammar that needs to be carefully learned, is the main objective of religious education. This is how the philosopher Jürgen Habermas, with his critical approach to religion, saw it - it was not without regret that he again and again asserted that the language feeling for religion in our present times was dying.
All classes (except the 3rd and 4th year of the upper school of the Gymnasium) have two religion lessons a week. In the lower school the Old and the New Testament with references to our present day and topical questions are on the curriculum; in the upper school students focus on world religions, questions of ethics and religious philosophical thought.