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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


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 75th birthday, in whose work the engagement of theology with the secular world plays a major role.
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Religion at the Intersection of Science and Business: An Experiment in Pedagogy, Method, and Engagement


Russell C. Kleckley


In 2007, Augsburg College began exploring to create a Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR). The shared space should lead to dialogue, collaboration, and new intersections in theory and practice. In this venture Luther’s concept of vocation played a major role.

In 2007, Augsburg College began exploring an initiative to create a Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR). The vision consisted of two parts. First, the plan called for a new building to house the Center’s three departments, with much needed facilities dedicated to the natural sciences in particular. Second, the hope was that shared space would lead the departments to dialogue, collaboration, and the discovery of new intersections, questions, and possibilities in theory and practice.

From the beginning, the proposal to bring these three areas into physical and academic proximity struck many people as odd, even contrived. To be sure, dialogues between science and religion currently abound across the academic landscape. Ethics offers a clearly recognizable point of contact between business and religion. Science and business already share a robust relationship in a wide range of industries and corporately supported research programs.

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