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In the following you will find information that is particularly relevant for studying and teaching in the field of Intercultural Theology.


You can find an up-to-date overview of all courses in the electronic course catalogue BASIS.

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The Research Colloquium on Intercultural Theology and Ecumenical Studies is targeted at providing researchers and advanced students at the University of Bonn the opportunity of interpreting texts in theology and the study of religion in a community where the author is a participant. With particular attention to texts that focus on ecumenical and intercultural theologies, the Colloquium creates a context for both internal, analytic and external, comparative textual analysis. From a broader perspective it constitutes part of G_NET, which has the ambition of integrating Intercultural Theology and Religious Studies into the profile of the Faculty.

In advancement of the objectives of the G_NET, the Colloquium is to develop and foster international collaborations that explore transcultural socio-hermeneutical paradigms of theological research and education. Texts for the Colloquium, which are distributed for reading in advance, are selected from a wide range of excellent scholars across the globe, whose diverse cultural and confessional backgrounds further enrich the ecumenical and intercultural content of the activities of the Research Colloquium. As such, the Colloquium serves as a space for both learning and encounter; a praxis-oriented approach to theological education. The inaugural track of the Colloquium is to run once a month (third Wednesdays of every month) in the summer semester of 2020-2021 academic year.

Under the motto “How we see others produces the society we see”, the seminar will examine resources and liabilities in the Christian and Muslim traditions concerning exclusion and inclusion of strangers enemies, and forgotten members of society from critical perspectives in contextual theology, postcolonial theology, and political theology. The seminar will focus on discourses and practices of loving the neighbor and enemy as well as the political significance of theo-logics of the neighbor for the fostering of democratic culture, which depends on seeing and treating others as equals under the law. Co-taught by scholars from three different continents and academic contexts, the seminar will interrelate exegetical, philosophical-hermeneutical, social-scientific, and ethical methods. In this way, it will offer an innovative approach to a topic of major transcultural importance.

Project Partners: Dr. Matthew Ryan Robinson (Protestant Theological Faculty, RFW University of Bonn); Prof. Dr. Yaser Ellethy (Vrije Universität Amsterdam); Prof. Dr. Rose Mary Amenga Etego (University of Ghana); Dean Prof. Dr. David Joy (Kerala Theological Seminary Rivandrum); Dr. Andrew D. DeCort (Institute for Faith and Flourishing, Ethiopia)

Bibliography IcT / RS

Learning and research resources in the field of Intercultural Theology and Religious Studies.

© Frank Homann / Universität Bonn

Bibliography IcT / RS

  • Hock, Klaus: Einführung in die Interkulturelle Theologie, Darmstadt 2011.
  • Küster, Volker: Einführung in die Interkulturelle Theologie, Göttingen 2011.
  • Wrogemann, Henning: Interkulturelle Theologie und Hermeneutik. Grundfragen, aktuelle Beispiele, theoretische Perspektiven, Bielefeld 2012.
  • Schmidt-Leukel, Perry: Interkulturelle Theologie als Interreligiöse Theologie. Chancen und Probleme, Zürich 2014.
  • Jahnel, Claudia: Interkulturelle Theologie und Kulturwissenschaft, Stuttgart 2016.
  • Gruber, Judith: Intercultural Theology. Exploring World Christianity after the Cultural Turn, Göttingen 2017.
  • Hollenweger, Walter: The Pentecostals, London 1972.
  • Hollenweger, Walter: The Black Roots and White Racism of Early Pentecostalism in the USA, London 1988.
  • Rzepkowski, Horst: Lexikon der Mission. Geschichte, Theologie, Ethnologie, Graz 1992.
  • Ritschl, Dietrich / Ustorf, Werner: Ökumenische Theologie, Missionswissenschaft, Stuttgart 1994.
  • Ahrens, Theodor: Zwischen Regionalität und Globalisierung. Studien zu Mission, Ökumene und Religion, Hamburg 1997.
  • Hollenweger, Walter: Pentecostalism. Origins and developments worldwide, Peabody 1997.
  • Wrogemann, Henning: Theologie interreligiöser Beziehungen. Religionstheologische Denkwege, kulturwissenschaftliche Anfragen und ein methodischer Neuansatz, Gütersloh 2015.
  • Schmidt-Leukel, Perry: Wahrheit in Vielfalt. Vom religiösen Pluralismus zur interreligiösen Theologie, Gütersloh 2019.
  • Schmidt-Leukel, Perry: New paths for interreligious theology, Maryknoll 2019.
  •  Smart, Ninian: Phenomenon of Religion, London 1973.
  • Cancik, Hubert: Handbuch religionswissenschaftlicher Grundbegriffe, Stuttgart 1988-
  • Greschat, Hans-Jürgen: Was ist Religionswissenschaft? Stuttgart 1988.
  • Auffarth, Christoph (Hg.): Wörterbuch der Religionen, Darmstadt 2006.
  • McCutcheon, Russell: Studying religion. An introduction, London 2007.
  • Hock, Klaus: Einführung in die Religionswissenschaft, Darmstadt 2008.
  • Tworuschka, Udo: Religionswissenschaft. Wegbereiter und Klassiker, 2011.
  • Tworuschka, Udo: Einführung in die Geschichte der Religionswissenschaft, Darmstadt 2015.
  • Hutter, Manfred: Die Weltreligionen, München 2016.
  • Werner, Ulrich: Religionswissenschaft historisch orientiert, 2020.
  • Schleiermacher, Friedrich: Über die Religion. Reden an die Gebildeten unter ihren Verächtern, (1799) Zürich 2010.
  • Müller, Friedrich Max: Chips from a German workshop, London 1867.
  • Frazer, James: The Golden Bough. A Study in Magic and Religion, (1890, 2 Bände) Lanham 2017.
  • Weber, Max: Die Protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus, (1905) München 2011.
  • Durkheim, Émile: Die elementaren Formen des religiösen Lebens, (1912, Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse) Frankfurt am Main 2014.
  • Otto, Rudolf: Das Heilige. Über das Irrationale in der Idee des Göttlichen und sein Verhältnis zum Rationalen, (1917) München 2014.
  • Wach, Joachim: Religionswissenschaft. Prolegomena zu ihrer wissenschaftstheoreti-schen Grundlegung, (Leipzig, 1924) Kamen 2001.
  • Freud, Sigmund: Die Zukunft einer Illusion, Leipzig 1927.
  • James, William: The Varieties of Religious Experience. A Study in Human Nature, Amherst N.Y. (1929)2002.
  • Otto, Rudolf, Ein Bund der guten Willen in der Welt, in: Mensching, Gustav (Hg.): Religion und Leben. Aufsätze zur Gegenwartskrise des Christentums,  Leipzig/Riga 1931.
  • Weber, Max: Aus den Schriften zur Religionssoziologie, Frankfurt am Main 1948.
  • Eliade, Mircea: Die Religionen und das Heilige. Elemente der Religionsgeschichte, Salzburg 1954.
  • Eliade, Mircea: Das Heilige und das Profane. Vom Wesen des Religiösen. (1957, Le sacré et le profane) Frankfurt am Main 2007.
  • Mensching, Gustav: Die Religion. Erscheinungsformen‚ Strukturtypen und Lebensgesetze, Stuttgart 1959.
  • Smith, Wilfred Cantwell: The Meaning and End of Religion. A New Approach to the Religious Traditions of Mankind, New York 1964.
  • Geertz, Clifford James: The interpretation of cultures. Selected essays, London (1973) 1993.
  • Mann, Ulrich: Teologie und Religionswissenschaft. Der gegenwärtige Stand ihrer Forschungsergebnisse und Aufgaben im Hinblick auf ihr gegenseitiges Verhältnis, Darmstadt, 1973.
  • Lanczkowski, Günter: Selbstverständnis und Wesen der Religionswissenschaft, Darmstadt 1974.
  • Geertz, Clifford James: Dichte Beschreibung. Beiträge zum Verstehen kultureller Systeme, Frankfurt a. M. 1983.
  • Luckmann, Thomas: Die unsichtbare Religion, Frankfurt am Main (1991) 2014.
  • Asad, Talal: Genealogies of Religion. Discipline and reasons of power in Christianity and Islam, Baltimore 1993.
  • Luhmann, Niklas: Die Religion der Gesellschaft, Franfurt am Main 2000.
  • Bergunder, Michael: Was ist Religion? Kulturwissenschaftliche Überlegungen zum Gegenstand der Religionswissenschaft, in: Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft, 19(2011), 3-55.
  • Kohl, Karl Heinz: Ethnologie. Die Wissenschaft vom kulturell Fremden, München 2012.
  • Fitschen, Klaus (Hg.): Kirchengeschichte und Religionswissenschaft. Methoden und Fallbeispiele, Leipzig 2018.
  • Lincoln, Bruce: Discourse and the construction of society. Comparative studies of myth, ritual, and classification, New York 1989.
  • Joas, Hans: Die Entstehung der Werte, Frankfurt am Main 1997.
  • Lincoln, Bruce: Theorizing myth. Narrative, ideology, and scholarship, Chicago 1999.
  • Asad, Talal: Formations of the secular. Christianity, Islam, modernity, Stanford 2003.
  • Hirschkind, Charles: The ethical soundscape. Cassette sermons and Islamic counterpublics, New York 2006.
  • Riesebrodt, Martin Cultus und Heilsversprechen. Eine Theorie der Religionen, München 2007.
  • Tives, Ann: Religious Experience Reconsidered. A Building Block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things, Princeton 2009.
  • Doniger, Wendy:The implied spider. Politics and theology in myth, New York 2011.
  • Mahmood, Saba: Politics of Piety. The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject, Princeton 2011.
  • Orsi, Robert: Between Heaven and Earth. The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them, Princeton 2013.
  • Orsi, Robert: History and Presence, Cambridge 2016.
  • Joas, Hans: Die Macht des Heiligen. Eine Alternative zur Geschichte von der Entzauberung, Berlin 2017.
  • Smith, Christian: Religion: what it is, how it works, and why it matters, Princeton 2017.
  • Hopkins, Dwight N.: Shoes that Fit our Feet. Sources for a constructive Black theology, Maryknoll 1993.
  • Williams, Delores S.: Sisters in the wilderness. The challenge of womanist God talk; Maryknoll 1993.
  • Cone, James: Black theology and black power, Maryknoll 1997.
  • Walker, Alice: In search of our mothers' gardens. Womanist prose, London 2005.
  • Carter, J. Kameron: Race. D theological account, Oxford 2008.
  • Jennings, Willie James: The Christian Imagination. Theology and the Origins of Race, Yale 2011.
  • Cone, James: The Cross and the Lynching Tree, Maryknoll 2013.
  • Jennings, Willie James: After Whiteness. An Education in Belonging, Grand Rapids MI 2020.

Further material on Womanist Theology (pdf zum Download)

  • Gutiérrez, Gustavo: Theologie der Befreiung, Mainz (1973) 1992.
  • Míguez Bonino, José: Doing Theology in a Revolutionary Situation, Philadelphia PA 1975.
  • Segundo, Juan Luis: The Liberation of Theology, Maryknoll 1976.
  • Míguez Bonino, José: Theologie im Kontext der Befreiung, Göttingen 1977.
  • Boff, Leonardo: Jesus Christus, der Befreier, Herder 1986.
  • Boff, Leonardo: Introducing Liberation Theology, Maryknoll 1987.
  • Sölle, Dorothee: Und ist noch nicht erschienen, was wir sein werden. Stationen feministischer Theologie, München 1987.
  • Sobrino, Jon: Christologie der Befreiung, Mainz 1998.
  • Petrella, Ivan: The Future of Liberation Theology. An Argument and Manifesto, Florence 2004.
  • Gutiérrez, Gustavo: Nachfolge Jesu und Option für die Armen. Beiträge zur Theologie der Befreiung im Zeitalter der Globalisierung, Fribourg 2009.

Further material on Liberation Theology7 (Website by Bryan Stone)

  • Mbiti, John: African religions and philosophy, Garden City 1970.
  • Pobee, John Samuel: Toward an African theology, Nashville 1979.
  • Mugambi, Jesse: African Christian Theology. An Introduction, Nairobi 1989
  • Bediako, Kwame: Christianity in Africa. The Renewal of a Non-Western Religion, Edinburgh/ Maryknoll 1995.
  • Isasi-Diaz, Ada Maria: Mujerista Theology. A Theology for the Twenty-first Century, Maryknoll 1996.
  • Oduyoye, Mercy Amba: Introducing African women’s theology, Sheffield 2001.
  • Mugambi, Jesse: Christian Theology and Social Reconstruction, Nairobi 2003.
  • Oduyoye, Mercy Amba: Beads and strands: Reflections of an African woman on Christianity in Africa, Maryknoll 2004.
  • Pobee, John Samuel: Sense of Grace and Mission, Ghana 2012.
  • Pui Lan, Kwok : Globalization, Gender, and Peacebuilding. The Future of Interfaith Dialogue, Mahwah NJ 2012.
  • Sugitharajah, R. S.: The Bible and Asia. From the Pre-Christian Era to the Postcolonial Age, Cambridge 2013.
  • Pui Lan, Kwok : Asian and Asian American Women in Theology and Religion. Embodying Knowledge, London 2020.

Siehe auch die Zusammenstellung von Materialien in der „African Christian Theology“ facebook Gruppe.

Classical Introduction

  • Boyd, R. H. S.  An Introduction to Indian Christian Theology. Madras: Christian Literature Society, 1975.

Dalit Theology

  • Arvind P. Nirmal, [pioneer] Heuristic Explorations. Madras: The Christian Literature Service for the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, 1990.
  •  Arvind P. Nirmal, (ed.,) A Reader in Dalit Theology. Madras: Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, 1990.
  • M. E. Prabhakar, (eds.) Towards a Dalit Theology. Delhi: ISPCK, 1989.
  • Clarke, Santhinathan, Manchela Deenabandhu and Peacock Philip Vinod. Eds. Dalit Theology in the Twenty First Century: Discordant Voices, Discerning Pathways. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Rajkumar, Peniel. Dalit Theology and Dalit Liberation: Problems, Paradigms and Possibilities. Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies Series. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2010.

Tribal Theology

  • Nirmal Minz,[pioneer] Rise Up, My People, and Claim the Promise: The Gospel Among the Tribes of India, ISPCK, New Delhi, 1997. 
  • A. Wati Langchar, An Emerging Asian Theology: Tribal Theology, Issue, Method and Perspective, Jorhat: Tribal Study Centre, ETC, 2000.

Contextual Theology

  • Ho, Huang Po. No Longer A Stranger: Towards the Reconstruction of Contextual Theologies. Tiruvalla: CSS, 2007.
  • Felix Wilfred, On the Banks of Ganges: Doing Contextual Theology. New Delhi: IPSCK, 2002.

Religious Pluralism

  • Thomas, M. M. The Acknowledged Christ of the Indian Renaissance. Madras: CLS, 1970.
  • Raimundo Panikkar, The Unknown Christ Of Hinduism: Towards An Ecumenical Christophany. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1981.
  • Samartha, S. J. One Christ – Many Religions: Towards a Revised Christology. New York: Orbis, 1991.

See also

Intercultural Theology

Find out more about Intercultural Theology at the University of Bonn.

Practical Theology

In addition to Practical Theology, there is a focus on Religious Education.

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology is divided into four sub-subjects.

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