"Religion and Politics" – Cluster of Excellence at the WWU Münster

The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics in Pre-Modern and Modern Cultures” was founded in 2007 at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Some 200 academics from more than 20 disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and from around 14 countries deal with the relationship of religion and politics across epochs and cultures. It is nationally the largest research association of its kind and of the 43 Clusters of Excellence in Germany, it is the only one to deal with religion. full story

No Religion as a “New Religion”?

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The current Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professor at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of the University of Münster, Prof. Dr. Linda Woodhead researches the growing number of non-religious people worldwide, the “nones”. During her visiting professorship in the summer semester, the British sociologist of religion will analyse the group of those people who are not members of an organised religion – but are not all secular or atheists either.

“Causation and Responsibility: Fact or Ascription?”

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A public lecture and a masterclass with renowned legal scholars Richard Wright and Ingeborg Puppe deal with the relationship between causation and responsibility in jurisprudence. The public lecture by Wright on the Economic Analysis of Law will take place on 27 April 2017 in the Conference Room at the Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology of the University of Münster. The masterclass will take place on 28 April 2017 at the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics.

“Music was a rather controversial issue in world religions”

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Music has played a central role in world religions from antiquity up to the present: It served prayers, the community and the reflection on faith. “Above all, music could emotionalise – religious groups or scholars sometimes feared and fought this”, says Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer, a specialist in Islamic studies, of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. He announced a lecture series “Music and Religion” including lectures and concerts, one of them with the baritone Benjamin Appl.

‘Nones’ in selected countries – a comparison

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The workshop at the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” addresses the growth of the so-called “nones”, people who are unaffiliated with any religion. The  Hans Blumenberg Visting Professor Linda Woodhead explores together with international researchers the socio-structural profile of the “nones” and their religious attitudes. The Blumenberg-Workshop will take place in Münster on 4 and 5 May.