This article examines the potential for change in religious education generated by the Council of Vatican II and several official Roman documents promulgated in the three decades that followed the council. One of the most significant contributions of the council came from its understanding of the theology of revelation as an ongoing process concerned with persons in history. A further significant contribution came from the council'??s self-understanding of a church as a community characterized by communicative action. These developments of Vatican II point to a need for religious education that insists on renewed rather than restored language for religious education - ?a discipline that addresses religious questions in a way that is relevant and comprehensible to contemporary Christians.