News Archive 2014

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The others and the self

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.

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Ways of Freedom

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.

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Religious Pluralism in Indonesia

Simone Sinn studies religious pluralism in Indonesia, a country in which after Suharto's resignation in 1998 religio-political issues were discussed exhaustively in public.


Unique Roman Relief Discovered

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.


Religion in a Juridified Society

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.

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Monarchs and Religious Confraternities

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?


“21st century is no longer familiar with positive utopias”

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”.


International conference on Jesuit image-theory

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.


Legal Perspectives on Genetic Enhancement

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.


The Old Testament and Violence

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.


Portrayals of Islam in German News Television

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’.


The Changing Face of Missionary Education

The modern missionary movement provided many Indigenous and non-European groups exposure to European forms of knowledge through informal and formal instruction, particularly through schools.


“Religions subordinate woman with respect to man”

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”.


Introduction to Psalms

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.


Prophethood and Authorship

The volume analyses these models of the divinely inspired and legitimized author in their specific contextual versions and changing functions.


Civil Religion in the United States

Since Robert N. Bellah’s influential essay of 1967, the prevailing presence of civil religious symbols, values, and rituals is fiercely debated across the disciplines.


“Religion had great influence on welfare states”

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.


Dying beyond death

This book explores political, social and religious forms of exclusions in premodern societies.


Bulwarks in a “Religious Triangle”

History of frontier regions presents clashes and overlaps of socio-cultural and religious formations. Often, it results in mutual influences, but sometimes it may also lead to harsh confrontations.


Religion and Gender

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).


New format: “Debates about God and the World”

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”.


“Debates about all the World and God”

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.


Limits of Tolerance

Sociologist Detlef Pollack analyses the perception and acceptance of religious diversity in Europe.