Theology of Education in the Second Vatican Council’s Gravissimum Educationis



theology of education, Gravissimum Educationis, theosis, communicating the faith, education, Christian education


Theology of education regards the growth in the journey with God and being with God and others. Gravissimum Educationis (GE) calls for moral learning in education, and specifically Christian education so Christians grow in God, become more Christ-like (theosis) and an active participant in society, thus bringing Christianity to the world. The document also encourages different theological means of communicating the faith to educate Christians and reach out to others. This paper identifies both of these themes in GE, focusing on the early sections of the document.


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Author Biography

Stuart Nicolson, University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Theology, Czech Republic

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


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How to Cite

Nicolson, Stuart. 2022. “Theology of Education in the Second Vatican Council’s Gravissimum Educationis”. Theology and Philosophy of Education 1 (1):32–39.



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