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Theologie im Spannungsfeld von Kirche und Politik - Theology in Engagement with Church and Politics

Hans Schwarz zum 75. Geburtstag- Hans Schwarz on the Occasion of his 75 th Birthday


Edited By Matthias Heesch, Thomas Kothmann and Craig L. Nessan

Die 39 Beiträge dieses Sonderbandes beleuchten das Thema Theologie im Spannungsfeld von Kirche und Politik aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven. Neben historischen Aspekten werden sowohl politisch-zeitgeschichtliche Fragen als auch ethische Problemstellungen bedacht. Weitere Aufsätze widmen sich der praktisch-theologischen Reflexion und Konkretion im Rahmen der christlichen Gemeinde, wie auch der Relevanz des Themas in außereuropäischen politisch-kulturellen Kontexten. Der internationale Autorenkreis setzt sich überwiegend aus Kolleginnen und Kollegen, Schülerinnen und Schülern des Regensburger Systematikers Hans Schwarz zusammen. Im Rahmen der Regensburger Summer School 2014 haben sie damit auch das Lebenswerk von Hans Schwarz anlässlich von dessen 75. Geburtstags gewürdigt, in dem das theologisch geleitete Umgehen mit der säkularen Welt eine wichtige Rolle spielt.
The 39 contributions to this special issue develop the theme Theology in Engagement with Church and Politics from a variety of perspectives. Alongside the exploration of historical aspects, both contemporary political questions and ethical dilemmas are examined. Further contributions are devoted to the reflection upon practical theology, Christian congregational praxis, and contextual studies, which demonstrate the political and cultural relevance of this theme beyond Europe. The international circle of authors is constituted largely of colleagues and students of Professor Hans Schwarz, systematic theologian from Regensburg, Germany. In conjunction with the 2014 University of Regensburg Summer School, the authors dedicate this volume to the lifetime achievement of Hans Schwarz on the occasion of his 75 th birthday, in whose work the engagement of theology with the secular world plays a major role.
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Jan Hus – Serving Christ and the Country


Zdeněk Kučera


The anniversary of the death of Jan Hus (1415) makes us ask for the motivation of his reformatory engagement. Just prior to the legal verdict he declined to recant. This shows that even facing death Hus consequently carried through his historic responsibility for Bohemia by the imitation of Christ

“The Hussite Revolution arose from religious needs and was legitimized by religious fundamentals. That under a weak king it became very powerful and in a chaotic period under a no less weak ecclesiastical authority it was forced into opposition, is one of the signs of the social crisis that then dominated Western and Central Europe. That it brought with it the blood and tears of thousands of people is just one piece of the horrible fate which we always have when we lose in our environs shared models and conceptions of society, political ideals, and human trust. What seems to be the most important to me is what we can learn from this truly European revolution in the fifteenth century.”1

International and inter-confessional preparations of the jubilees of Johannes Hus in 2015 in connection with the Council of Constance (2014–2018) and of Martin Luther (2017) demonstrate that figure of Johannes Hus and the epoch labelled by his name are important for world history and that their evaluation deserves to be reopened. It presents a problem which lends itself rather to abstract speculations than to the common...

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