Religion has been practiced by humans for centuries. In its development, mankind believes in religious teachings and values, but there are also those who do not believe in religion. However, religious discourse resurfaced when the world community entered the third millennium. the symptoms of the strengthening of religion cannot be responded to from the crisis of modernity that is engulfing society. Modernity is not only useful for some people but also contains various paradoxes, dehumanization and alienation. In the contemporary era, there are challenges in religion, namely: advances in information technology, internal tolerance, different sentiments, rights, gender differences, politicization of religion, and religious ideology. Religion also presents challenges to humanity, the destruction of life globally, the threat of various deadly diseases, social movements, philanthropic movements, and issues of democracy. In addition, religion is faced with weakening morality with crimes in various aspects, such as deviance, drugs, and hoaxes.
One of the characteristics of religion in the future is the existence of an increased cooperation between faith and learning, and between religious institutions and educational institutions in order to respond to the challenges of the times. Educational institutions have strong relations with religious institutions.
One of the ways to transfer and transmit religious teachings and values is through education, even more so through religious education and religious education. Religious education and religious education are oriented in their implementation to mastering knowledge about religious teachings and/or becoming religious experts and practicing their religious teachings.
Various educational challenges in the contemporary era include the industrial era (4.0), transnational movements, educational institutional systems, educational curricula, teacher professionalism, learning strategies, and disparities in the quality of education between regions, and a complex education system.
Can education respond to dilemmas and problems that arise both from the aspect of religion and modernity? On that basis, education is challenged to be able to respond to modern humans who are advanced but are not alienated and uprooted from their cultural and religious values. On the other hand, education is required to adapt to technological advances (4.0) so that religion is not abandoned by its adherents. Is education able to respond to this? Against highly advanced contemporary phenomena and religious phenomena that are tens of centuries old. Are religion and education able to bridge the two consequences of the phenomenon, namely alienation and religious conservatism. Religious reform is needed to contribute to religious education.
This conference is an effort to find a model or form of religious education that can answer the challenges of modernity and high technological progress. The presence of experts is expected to be able to answer these challenges in an effort to sustain religion and education that is able to provide value.