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
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
Identity and Mission of the Christian University
← 392 | 393 → Identity and Mission of the Christian University
In a Christian university Christian principles play a significant role in its theory and practice. These are enumerated and explained. Its roots are faith and theology, while its fruits are scholarship and education. Contemporary references are to Bavinck, Kuyper, Klaas Schilder, and Dooyeweerd.
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Phil 4:9).
In the secularized society, it looks strange to refer to Christian university, including its identity and basic principles. Some non-Christian scholars could criticize the term, pointing out a contradiction between “Christian” and “university,” as Martin Heidegger and Emil Bre´hier1 had rejected the concept “Christian Philosophy” as a “contradictio in adjecto” in the 1930s. They could regard “Christian” or “Christianity” as belonging to church, which is quite a different realm from university in historical perspective as well as in its dominating principle. Church is a realm of divine revelation and faith, while universities are the realms of the sciences and human reasoning.
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