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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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Impacting the Secular Political Realm by Becoming the “New Creation”: Thoughts of Paul David Devanandan on “New Creation”


Santhosh J. Sahayadoss


In his concept of a “New Creation” the Indian Christian Theologian, Paul David Devanandan, asserts that God has been at work in history beckoning humanity to be transformed. Though there is a tension between “Now” and “Not Yet” in the “New Creation” the possibility of transformation is real.

A true disciple of Christ, who is a “New Creation,” should insist that Christian faith is not only concerned about the things concerning the other-world, but primarily about the things that concern our life in this world. Hans Schwarz asserts that the “Christian faith is a thoughtful faith.” He affirms that “the Christian faith does not resign itself to the inevitable fate of history. Christians are summoned to accept the challenges of a world in agony and they will not consider anything as a fait accompli.”1 Our faith and belief in God should motivate every Christian to change society for the better. There are consequences of our belief in God. Schwarz writes, “Adhering to a thoughtful faith means first of all that we do not merely believe something without considering the ramifications of those beliefs.”2 Our belief in God has great potential to change the usual thought patterns and thereby affect the life of the Christian in church and society.

Proceeding from such a premise, one may be led to raise the question whether a complete separation of the spiritual and secular realms is meaningful or not. A...

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