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Flucht, Migration und Integration Flight, Migration and Integration

Eine Anfrage an die christliche Theologie und Diakonie A Question for Christian Theology and Social Engagement


Edited By Matthias Heesch, Russell Kleckley and Hans Schwarz

Das Buch legt theologische Deutungen der Thematik Flucht, Migration und Integration, ausgehend von verschiedenen kulturellen und sozialen Kontexten, vor. Viele der Beiträgerinnen und Beiträger sind an Orten tätig, in denen dieser Themenkomplex ähnlich bedeutend ist, wie in Westeuropa. Sie besprechen Flucht, Migration und Integration als Fragen an die christliche Theologie und Diakonie. Ihre individuellen Antworten und Sichtweisen bereichern die kritische Debatte über diese aktuellen Herausforderungen.

This book presents theological approaches to the subject flight, migration and integration from various cultural and social contexts. Many of the contributors are active in places where the issue of flight, migration and integration is similarly significant as it is in Western Europe. They discuss flight, migration and integration as questions for Christian theology and diaconia. Their individual responses and views illuminate and inform the critical discussion for the challenges facing today’s world.

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Aliens, Exodus, Borders: Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Migration

Aliens, Exodus, Borders: Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Migration


←16 | 17→Anna Barnau

Abstract: The first part of the study depicts an Old Testament understanding of stranger, alien and temporary resident. Pannenberg’s theology and its connection to migration and the culture are described in the second part. Finally, the life and the relation between Muslims and non-Muslims is illustrated by the example of Al-Andalus in the medieval period.

The theme „migration“ is by no means a new one. The migration debate takes place in the media, politics, and social sciences as well as in the whole society. Human mobility influences the life of people all over the world. This paper presents an understanding of the Old Testament terminology concerning the strangers, aliens, and temporary residents. The concept is connected with the idea of Yahweh as the living God. The people of the Old Testament believe in Yahweh who does not only give life, but preserves and sustains it. Their first concern is to dwell as long as possible in the Promised Land, in communion with God and their friends. Thus, the destiny of creation is to participate in the eternity of God, as Pannenberg correctly stresses. Because of the tension between openness of the world (I) and self-centeredness (ego) in human behavior, the life of human beings is limited and their existence is characterized by disharmony and separateness from God. Humans are, however, social beings. They can exist in mutual interactions, and not in their opposition to others. How can, then, people live together in...

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