EXC 2016 C3-10 - Dogmatic Traditions of Faith and Religious Identities
DFG - Cluster of Excellence
The aim of the project is to identify the difference between dogmatic traditions of faith and religious identities, and to examine the implications that this difference has for systematic theology with regard to the Catholic Church. By dogmatic traditions of faith are meant the doctrinal traditions of a religion or a denomination that can be affirmed from the sources and that are codified in a binding way. Although not entirely separable from the tradition of faith, the religious identity of those who faithfully refer to a tradition of faith should nonetheless be distinguished from it. This identity may well be constituted as, for example, Catholic through reference to Catholic traditions of faith. But this reference does not constitute religious identity entirely; rather, it is – alongside cultural circumstances, political influences, personal preferences, and economic conditions – only one component of this identity, and perhaps not even the most important element. But what does this mean for systematic theology and how it reflects on dogmatic traditions of faith and the normative claims that it makes?