Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Research-Center for Public Theology

"Just as the reality of God has entered the reality of the world in Christ, what is Christian cannot be had otherwise than in what is worldly..."

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics, DBWE 6, 59)

On Tuesday, January 29 2008, the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Research-Center for Public Theology was inaugurated with a ceremony in the Great Hall of Bamberg University. The Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Churches in Germany,  Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huber gave the inauguration lecture "Ökumene der Profile" ("Ecumenism of Profiles").

For a detailed English report about the Inauguration Ceremony - including pictures and Bishop Huber's lecture - please click here!

The Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Research-Center for Public Theology will engage in Public Theology in the tradition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who took a critical and constructive theological stand in the face of the public discourses and disruptions of his time. 

"Public Theology" as a research approach is experiencing increased attention and impact on an international level, which was testified to by the founding of the Global Network for Public Theology May 2007 in Princeton, New Jersey. The Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Research-Center for Public Theology is part of this global project ( more information).

"Public Theology" reflects on publicly relevant questions in the light of  theological tradition. Thus Public Theology primarily deals with social ethics.  Important research fields are social justice, globalization and working for a humane form of globalization, the ecological reconfiguration of society, ethical dimensions of biotechnologies, and the question of legitimate criteria for using military force in crisis areas. "Public Theology" also investigates fundamental issues like the public relevance of religion and its constitutional aspects.

"Public Theology" combines a thorough probing of theological tradition with a continual quest for communicability. Its aim is both academic and public as it participates in the political and societal discourse („bilinguality“).

„In flight from public controversy this person or that reaches the sanctuary of a private virtuousness. Such people neither steal, nor murder, nor commit adultery, but do good according to their abilities. But in voluntarily renouncing public life, these peolpe know exactly how to observe the permitted boundaries that shield them from conflict. They must close their eyes and ears to the injustice around them. Only at the cost of self-deception can they keep their private blamelessness clean from the stains of responsible action in the world. In all that they do, what they fail to do will not let them rest.“

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics, DBWE 6, 80.)

 

 

 

 

 Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Research-Center

"Just as the reality of God has entered the reality of the world in Christ, what is Christian cannot be had otherwise than in what is worldly..." (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics, DBWE 6, 59)

On Tuesday, January 29 2008, the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Research-Center for Public Theology was inaugurated with a ceremony in the Great Hall of Bamberg University. The Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Churches in Germany,  Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huber gave the inauguration lecture "Ökumene der Profile" ("Ecumenism of Profiles").

For a detailed English report about the Inauguration Ceremony - including pictures and Bishop Huber's lecture - please click here!

The Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Research-Center for Public Theology will engage in Public Theology in the tradition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who took a critical and constructive theological stand in the face of the public discourses and disruptions of his time. 

"Public Theology" as a research approach is experiencing increased attention and impact on an international level, which was testified to by the founding of the Global Network for Public Theology May 2007 in Princeton, New Jersey. The Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Research-Center for Public Theology is part of this global project ( more information).

"Public Theology" reflects on publicly relevant questions in the light of  theological tradition. Thus Public Theology primarily deals with social ethics.  Important research fields are social justice, globalization and working for a humane form of globalization, the ecological reconfiguration of society, ethical dimensions of biotechnologies, and the question of legitimate criteria for using military force in crisis areas. "Public Theology" also investigates fundamental issues like the public relevance of religion and its constitutional aspects.

"Public Theology" combines a thorough probing of theological tradition with a continual quest for communicability. Its aim is both academic and public as it participates in the political and societal discourse („bilinguality“).

In many societies, one can find a growing concern for these question concern the public relevance of religious traditions. This makes intense research necessary. The Research Center aims at proposing a distinct theological voice in contemporary public debates; it also aims at educating young theologians who are able to participate in these public debates.

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