Based on the sociological theory that descriptions of the “other(s)” and the “self” are correlated and situational parts of construction processes, the study examines the narrative and legal texts of the biblical Book of Deuteronomy, which regulate and arrange Israel’s contact with foreign peoples, gods and (ritual) practices.
A new anthology edited by the protestant theologian Prof. Dr. Reinhard Achenbach from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” presents new research on the evolution and theology of the Book of Exodus.
Münster archaeologists excavated a unique Roman relief depicting an unknown god in an sanctuary close to the ancient city of Doliche in Southeast Turkey. The archaeologists found the stele in the remains of the Christian monastery.
A new study by the Religious Studies scholar Dr Astrid Reuter, from the Cluster of Excellence ‘Religion and Politics’, examines legal conflicts over religion in Germany and the public controversies about them.
Which resources can be derived from religious traditions in order to substantiate claims of political rulers in social practice? Is it possible to refer to religious norms in order to reinforce social consensus?
According to literary scholar Dr. Christian Sieg, the 21st century is no longer familiar with positive social utopias. The scholar announces the Cluster’s coming public lecture series on “Visions of the Future between Apocalypse and Utopia”.
The Jesuit investment in images, whether verbal or visual, virtual or actual, pictorial or poetic, rhetorical or exegetical, was strong and sustained, and may perhaps even be identified as one of the order’s defining characteristics.
The author discusses the current legal permissibility of procedures aiming
at improving the human genome and analyzes options for future legal ruling taking into account various, not only legal, aspects.
A new book by Prof. Johannes Schnocks, a Catholic theologian at the Cluster of Excellence ‘Religion and Politics’, examines divine and human violence in Old Testament texts and their reception. “Violence is mentioned repeatedly in the Old Testament.
A new monograph by protestant theologians Prof. Dr. Rainer Albertz and Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Schmitt from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” examines varieties of domestic Israelite ritual activities in the Iron Age.
Given widespread anti-Muslim discriminations in the West, the need for critical research on media portrayals of Islam is beyond dispute. However, this book argues that in order to deepen our understanding of Islam in the media, we have to review some of the terminology, theoretical assumptions, and methods that are prevalent in the research field and find alternative approaches that go beyond one-dimensional concepts like ‘stereotyping’ and ‘bias’.
In the past, the monotheistic world religions have traditionally subordinated woman with respect to man, says Historian Prof. Dr. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.
Catholic theologian Johannes Schnocks presents primer on the Book of Psalms. Psalms are poetical texts, which bring before God the questions of mankind and the relationship of God and man in a meditative, complaining or enthusiastically praising fashion.
According to a new study from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, religious communities had a much greater influence on the formation of European welfare states than has previously been known.
In the past, the monotheistic world religions have traditionally subordinated woman with respect to man. Historian Prof. Dr. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of the German University of Münster has edited a German book on the relationship between religion and gender under the title “Als Mann und Frau schuf er sie” (Man and woman he created them).
The University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, together with the Department of Protestant Theology, presents for the first time the public series “Debates about God and the World”.
In the 2014 summer semester, the Cluster of Excellence will present the new event format “Debates about all the World and God” in cooperation with the Faculty of Protestant Theology on the occasion of the department’s centenary.