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Dr. Matthew Ryan Robinson, PhD

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl von Prof. Dr. Eberhard Hauschildt, Praktische Theologie

und Postdoc am Bonner Institut für Hermeneutik



An der Schlosskirche 2-4
2. Stock/Zimmer 2.006
Tel.: 0228/ 73-7674
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Sprechstunden WS 2019/20 nach Vereinbarung


CALL FOR PAPERS for panels at the 2020 meetings of the European Academy of Religion on the topic "Prophets, Prognosticators and the Theo-Logics of Protest" 

"Prophets. The figure and discourse of "the prophet" came to great prominence in relation to protest in the twentieth century, and this association remains strong today. But although prophets figure prominently in the Jewish and Christian Biblical canons, prophets and theological discussion of the prophetic is a comparatively minor theme in the history of Christianity until the 20th century, when it becomes tightly associated with social justice on the one hand and pentecostal theologies on the other. Protest. Social uprisings instigated by protests have catalyzed major social reformation and even revolution, and 2019 has witnessed a surge in popular protest movements around the world. Often protests are conducted by means of relating identity, values, and social structures to claims about what is fundamentally real, right and thus good. And this is theological territory. Of course, religious and theological messages are also quite often explicitly present in protest movements and prominently associated with one another, with protest alternately seen as intrinsic or antithetical to religious faithfulness. Yet, despite this, little direct attention has been given to a theological assessment of protest.

Papers are sought from scholars all career stages that examine "#theologics” of #protest and/or the #prophetic that are focused on particular regions or events and that are methodologically and confessionally/religiously diverse. The goal will be to generate an #ecumenical outline of various “theo-logics" that motivate, sustain, resist and/or prevent popular protest uprisings.

Paper proposals of 300-500 words can be submitted until 17 Januar, 2020 to: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]


Akademische Vita

  • Geboren 1982 in den USA

  • Seit 2016/17 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter für Prof. Dr. Eberhard Hauschildt, Lehrstuhl für Praktische Theologie, Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität 

  • 2015 Promotion zur Theologie Schleiermachers bei Professor Christine Helmer, Northwestern University, Department of Religious Studies

  • 2013-2014 Krister Stendahl Research Fellow; Swedish Theological Institute, Jerusalem

  • 2012-2013 DAAD Stipendiat, Humboldt University, Berlin

  • 2011 M.A., Northwestern University, Department of Religious Studies; Evanston, Illinois

  • 2009 M.Div., University of Chicago Divinity School; Chicago, Illinois

  • 2004 B.A., Wheaton College, Philosophy and Classics; Wheaton, Illinois



  • Die Theologie Schleiermachers und liberaler Protestantismus

  • Religionswissenschaft und Religionssoziologie
  • Christliche Ethik in aktuellen gesellschaftlichen und politischen Debatten
  • Befreiungstheologien, Global Christianities und interkulturelle Theologie


  • American Academy of Religion
  • Schleiermacher Gesellschaft
  • European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Religionsphilosophie
  • Luther Gesellschaft                                                                                   


Aktuelle Projekte

  • Freundschaft in der Moderne und Gegenwart. Religion, Gesellschaft, Politik (bis End 2019)
  • Ökumene, Macht und interkulturelle Praxis am Beispiel Äthiopiens (in Zusammenarbeit mit Eberhard Hauschildt und Andrew D. DeCort; 2018-2019)



Winter Semester 2019/20

  • Faith and Health from Ecumenical Perspectives
  • Einführung in das Studium der evangelischen Theologie

Sommer Semester 2018

  • Ökumene, Macht und interkulturelle Praxis: Am Beispiel Äthiopiens (Seminar und Exkursion nach Äthiopien)
  • Theologische Aspekte interkultureller und interreligiöser Kommunikation mit Flüchtlinge, Teil 2
  • Repetitorium Systematische Theologie

Stipendien und Grants (Auswahl)

  • 2017-2019 RFW Universität Bonn; Argelander Grant; starter Grant für "Freundschaft in der Moderne und Gegenwart"
  • 2012-2013 DAAD; Doctoral Research Grant
  • 2011 Columbia Council for European Studies; Pre-Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2008 Baptist Theological Union and the Carpenter Foundation International Ministry Studies Grant; für ethnographische Feldarbeit in Kenia
  • 2008 Yale University; Title VI FLAS Fellowship; Mombasa, Kenia



Robinson, Matthew Ryan. Redeeming Relationship, Relationships that Redeem: Free Sociability and the Completion of Humanity in the Thought of Friedrich Schleiermacher. Religion in Philosophy and Theology. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2018. 

Robinson, Matthew Ryan und Evan F. Kuehn. Theology Compromised: Schleiermacher, Troeltsch and the Possibility of a Sociological Theology. Lexington / Fortress Academic 2019. 


Robinson, Matthew Ryan und Kevin Vander Schel (Hg.). Beyond Tolerance: Schleiermacher on Friendship, Sociability and Lived Religion. Berlin: De Gruyter 2019. 

Robinson, Matthew Ryan und Inja Inders (Hg.). What Does Theology Do, Actually? Observing Theology and the Transcultural. Leipzig: EVA 2020. Im Erscheinen.


Artikeln und Kapiteln:

Robinson, Matthew Ryan und Janosch Schobin. "Das protestantische Freundschaftsideal im Spiegel gesellschaftlicher Transformationen und theologischer Deutungen." In Bernhard Sill und Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi (Hg.). Vom Glück der Freundschaft. Sankt Ottilien: EOS Verlag. Eingereicht.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Sociability and Religion.” In International Handbook of Practical Theology. In Birgit Weyel, Wilhelm Gräb, Emmanuel Y. Lartey, Cas Wepener (Hg.). Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter 2020. Im Erscheinen.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan und Kevin Vander Schel. "Editors' Introduction." In Beyond Tolerance: Schleiermacher on Friendship, Sociability and Lived Religion. 1-7.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Can Friendship be Taught and Learned?” In Beyond Tolerance: Schleiermacher on Friendship, Sociability and Lived Religion. 75-88.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. "Embedded, not Plugged-in: Digital Humanities and Fair Participation in Systematic Theological Research," In Claire Clivaz und Garrick V. Allen (Hg.), "Special Issue: Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies and Theology." Open Theology (2019): 66-79. DOI:

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. "Theologie Praktisch und Transkulturell. Was eine Äthiopienexkursion mit Systematischer Theologie zu tun hat." Pastoraltheologie 108 no. 4 (2019): 143-158.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. „Fake Friends“: Zur Toleranz und Freundschaft als soziale und theologische Werte, oder wie Theologie Studierende Geflüchteten nicht Hilfe gaben, sondern mit ihnen Freundschaft fanden.“ Pastoraltheologie 107 no. 7 (2018): 333-352.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “The Great Rule of the Christian Life” In Reformation und Moderne. Pluralität – Subjektivität – Kritik. Eds. Jörg Dierken, Arnulf von Scheliha and Sarah Schmidt. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter. 2018. 431-446.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Schleiermacher on Evil as Social Evil.” In Roberto Garaventa and Omar Brino (Hg.). “Il Male e le sue forme. Riconsiderazioni moderne contemporanee di un Problema antico.” Itinerari (2017): 225-246.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Vollendet: The Completion of Humanity, the Gospel of John, and the Intersubjective Soul of Schleiermacher’s Monologen.” In Jörg Dierken and Arnulf von Scheliha (Hg.). Der Mensch und seine Seele. Bildung - Frömmigkeit - Ästhetik. Berlin und New York: De Gruyter, 2017. 405-419.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Lamech.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR). De Gruyter. 2017.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Karl Jaspers.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR). De Gruyter. 2015.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Matthew Henry.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR). De Gruyter 2015.

Robinson, Matthew. “Theology as an Intellectual Tradition.” Perspectives on Europe42, no. 1 (2012): 117-121.



Rezension, The Anthem Companion to Ernst Troeltsch. Edited by Christoff Adair-Toteff. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte. Forthcoming.

Rezension, Unendlich Gebildet: Schleiermachers kritischer Religionsbegriff und seine inklusivistische Religionstheologie anhand der Erstauflage der Reden, by Christian König. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 25, no. 1-2 (2019): 293-297. 

Rezension, The Theological Project of Modernism: Faith and the Conditions of Mineness, by Kevin W. Hector. International Journal of Systematic Theology 19, no. 3 (2017): 360-363.

Rezension, Politics in Friendship: A Theological Account, by Guido de Graaf. Political Theology. (2017): 177-179.

Rezension, Schleiermacher and the Question of Translation. Edited by Larisa Cercel and Adriana Serban. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 23, no. 2 (2016): 282-285.

Rezension, Nineteenth Century Lutheran Theologians. Edited by Matthew Becker. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 23, no. 2 (2016): 296-299.

Rezension, Schleiermacher: Christmas Dialogue, the Second Speech, and Other Selections (Classics of Western Spirituality Series). Edited and with translations by Julia Lamm. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 23, no. 1 (2016): 300-302.

Rezension, Schleiermacher’s Influences on American Thought and Religious Life, 1835-1920: Three Volumes. Edited by Jeffrey A. Wilcox, TerrenceN. Tice, Catherine L. Kelsey. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 23, no. 1 (2016): 302-304.

Rezension, Theology as Science in Nineteenth-Century Germany: From F.C. Baur to Ernst Troeltsch. Johannes Zachhuber.Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 22, no. 1 (2015): 121-125.

Rezension, Spaces of Modern Theology: Geography and Power in Schleiermacher’s World. Steven R. Jungkeit. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 21, no. 1 (2014): 311-314.