Didier Pollefeyt

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Didier Pollefeyt

Didier Pollefeyt (Menen, November 18, 1965) is a Belgian catholic theologian, full professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies and vice rector for education policy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Research career[edit]

After gaining the degree of license in the Religious Studies (1988) and Theology (1991) Pollefeyt obtained his doctoral degree in Theology (promotor: prof. Roger Burggraeve) with a dissertation on ethics after Auschwitz (1995). Thereafter he became instructor (2000), associate instructor (2002), associate professor (2005) and full professor (2008) at the Faculty of Theology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Since 1986 his research focuses on the holocaust as a challenge for ethics, interreligious dialogue and education.

The research activities of Didier Pollefeyt are situated around 5 areas.

  1. The ethical and theological analysis of the Holocaust and the development of the foundations of ethics and theology after Auschwitz.[1]
  2. An analysis of the questions of evil, guilt, remembrance, forgiveness and reconciliation.[2]
  3. The Jewish-Christian encounter.[3]
  4. The pedagogy of hermeneutical-communicative and interreligious education.[4]
  5. The religious identity of institutions, especially of catholic schools.[5]

Besides, Pollefeyt coordinates the Center for Teacher Education of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Since 2001 he is at the head of Thomas, a website for religious education.[6]

Pollefeyt is vice rector for education policy[7] at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and chairman of the Center for Peace Ethics.[8]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Didier Pollefeyt (January 2013). Holocaust and Nature. LIT Verlag Münster. pp. 170–. ISBN 978-3-643-90313-6.For other publications see www.didierpollefeyt.be and Stephen S. Weinstein Holocaust Symposium Archived 2014-02-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Didier Pollefeyt (2004). Incredible Forgiveness: Christian Ethics Between Fanaticism and Reconciliation. Peeters Publishers. pp. 123–. ISBN 978-90-429-1317-2. Also see The Contemporary Meaning of Theological Ethics Archived 2014-01-21 at archive.today and Destructive, Concrete Evil as Absence Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ e.g. M.C. Athans, Never Revoked: Nostra Aetate as On-Going Challenge for Jewish-Christian Dialogue.(Book review), in Theological Studies 72 (2011) p. 655 and Didier Pollefeyt on the website on Jewish-Christian Relations.
  4. ^ e.g. Wat is er wollig aan de christelijke traditie? (in Dutch) & Helft Vlaamse tieners krijgt een kruisje (in Dutch) & J. Maex, Recontextualisering van traditie. Het Leuvense hermeuneutisch-communicatieve en interreligieuze model, in Narthex 7 (2007) nr. 1, p. 47-50.
  5. ^ for instance in Australia. See e.g. Assessing and Enhancing Catholic School Identity Archived 2014-01-11 at the Wayback Machine; In Belgium see God heeft de klas niet verlaten(in Dutch); Experts reageren verdeeld op voorstel aanpassing godsdienstlessen(in Dutch).
  6. ^ www.godsdienstonderwijs.be Thomas (in Dutch). Also see P. Vande Vyvere, Katholiek godsdienstonderricht in het offensief. Theoloog Didier Pollefeyt over Thomas, in Tertio nr. 140 van 16 oktober 2002, p. 1 en 3. (in dutch).
  7. ^ The new board of the KULeuven (in Dutch).
  8. ^ Centre for Peace Ethics.