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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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The Role of the Church in the Political Transition to Democracy in Myanmar


Hla Aung


In Myanmar the military regime introduced democracy in 2010. The church has had great influence in bringing about peace between the indigenous people and the military government. The author shows in a historically informed way the need for the church to be part in the process of democratization.

Myanmar is located in South East Asia and is a member country in the 10-nation political association called Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It shares borders with China in the North, with India and Bangladesh in the West and with Laos and Thailand in the East. The total geographical area of Myanmar is 676,578 sq. km, almost twice as large as Germany. The population is around 60 million and thus is less than the German population.1 Most of the land is arable and the soil is fertile and productive. Hence, the country produces all sorts of grains in huge quantity yearly and has excess grains for export. The country is also richly endowed with various kinds of natural resources. It has huge deposits of precious natural resources like oil, gas, coal, iron ore, nickel, Jade, Gem, etc.

Myanmar is a multi-cultural society and is composed of eight major indigenous people, namely Burmese, Chin, Kachin, Karen, Kaya, Mon, Rakhine, and Shan. Burmese people are the largest group and form around 65 to 70 percent of the total population. In terms of religious confession, Buddhism is the biggest religion and the...

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