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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

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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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Paul Ricoeur’s Hermeneutical Theory and Feminist Theology

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Kyung Won Byun

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Feminist theologians who in 1970s established the critical theory against patriarchalism tried to interpret suspicious perspectives of the Bible. Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutic theory can show ways to resolve the conflict between patriarchal ideology and Christian spirituality.

This paper aims to show how we can relate the view of emancipation in feminist theology, which is based on the criticism of patriarchal ideology, and the philosophical hermeneutics, which succeeded from Heidegger and Gadamer to Ricoeur. This subject is concerned with the compatibility between spirituality, that is, the lived experience of faith, and feminist theological criticism of ideology. The content of this paper consists three parts. First, I will examine the philosophical hermeneutics of Gadamer, which emphasized the alienating distanciation. Second, I will examine the theory of Ricoeur’s hermeneutics. Last, I will try to find the possibility of coexistence between the two perspectives in regards to Ricoeur’s hermeneutical theory.

The universality of justice, which feminist theology aims at, is to obtain liberation against “the rule of patriarchal domination.” Feminist theologians have sharply criticized the patriarchy of traditional Christian theology from the point of view of women’s liberation. They have insisted that the Bible itself, which is the norm of Christian tradition and theology, was written by male authors in androcentric language and images. Moreover they have pointed out the Bible was interpreted exclusively by male scientists and hermeneutical methods, the contents of Bible being sexist and androcentric. They have also emphasized...

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