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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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Fatelessness A Christian Theologian’s Perspective of a Nobel-Prize Winner Novel


Botond Gaál


Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész through his novel Fatelessness wants to address the entire humanity with the issue of fatelessness which emerged in the Jewish Holocaust. He urges us to decipher the meaning of fate and “fatelessness.” This question is discussed here from a Christian perspective.

I happened to be listening to the radio when they announced the good news: Imre Kertész has been awarded the Nobel Prize for his work entitled Fateless/Fatelessness. At once I was overcome by true joy and genuine intrigue. I have not known him before either. I knew I had to make up for something. The following weeks I read Fatelessness and later the author’s acceptance speech in Stockholm, – I watched for this with even greater anticipation. I read slowly in order to enjoy the beautiful (Hungarian) language and to be able to integrate myself in the writer’s spiritual environment. I sincerely enjoyed reading the novel, and since I have contemplated many times its intended meaning, how did it go about it, and why did Imre Kertész chose this manner of expression to share his thoughts with humanity. I have read and heard opinions on the subject, but I could not fully identify with anyone’s thinking. I decided that I would put in writing what the novel precipitated in me. Surely there will be some who will accept my opinions, others will be prompted to think about what I have presented, and...

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