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Origen (185–253/54) was the first Christian theologian who took part in the theological, philosophical, religious, social and political debates of his time on a high intellectual level. He set standards by thinking in an academic way and by developing original ideas about central topics like freedom, history and justice. Even though his ideas were posthumously condemned as heretical by the official church, Origen’s influence upon Christian theology as well as the intellectual history of the subsequent centuries in general was profound and decisive throughout. One cannot understand the history of the Christianity in late antiquity or the cultural change of this period which has deeply shaped the eastern and western world of the Mediterranean and Europe to this very day without the manifold impulses of the ancient Christian polymath Origen. His ethos of finding the truth in open dialogue, which corresponds so closely to the discursive style of current scientific research and teaching, and his concept of Christian universality, which is principally and consistently nonviolent, combined with a theory of the state and of society, continue to make him one of the most rewarding historical conversation partners in the fields of topical religious-cultural and theological problems .


It is the objective of the “Origen Research Center” to delineate the thought and trace the multifaceted heritage of Origen against the background of his extraordinary relevance until the early modern age. To this end, we draw upon interdisciplinary networks in a great variety of disciplines (i.e. theology, philosophy, philology, history, religious science, etc.) We seek to point out the effects of the historical developments on the present, and to introduce Origenian options as historical resources into current debates.



(1) Publication of a bilingual complete edition of the works of Origen.
(2) Individual research projects on various aspects of Origen’s theology and its reception history until the early modern era.


PhD Projects

At the Origen research centre, several PhD-projects were and are supervised by Prof. Dr. Dr. Alfons Fürst. Here you can get an overview over finished and current projects.

    • Finished PhD Projects

      Hengstermann, Christian: Origenes und der Ursprung der Freiheitsmetaphysik (2015) (Adamantiana 8)

      Zocchi, Elisa: The Sacramentality of the World and the Mystery of Freedom. Hans Urs von Balthasar, Reader of Origen (2021) (Adamantiana 16)

      Klöckener, Monnica: Die Frau am Jakobsbrunnen in altkirchlicher Johannesexegese. Erkenntnis, Pädagogik und Spiritualität bei Origenes, Johannes Chrysostomos und Augustinus (2021) (Adamantiana 19)

      Felter Vaucanson, Karen: A Complex Relation. Reading Anne Conway from a Process Theological Perspective (2021) (Adamantiana 18)

      Tilling, Fabian: Für alle verborgen. Der biblisch-alexandrinische Mysterienbegriff bei Origenes (2021) (Adamantiana 22)

  • Current PhD Projects

    Achternkamp, Anne: Die politische Philosophie des Origenes

    Arens, Felix: Studien zum Gott-Welt-Verhältnis Origenes von Alexandria

    Rakic, Dragana: Selbstsorge bei Origenes


The History of Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization - HHFCWC

(Project duration: 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2019)

The ITN “The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization” is a research collaboration between 6 universities and 9 non-academic partner organizations across Europe. The project will trace the historical roots and transformations of the modern conception of humans as dignified and free beings, especially as met with in theological and philosophical traditions. In Münster, four europeen PhD-Fellows are located.