Get an overview of the projects currently being worked on in the field of Systematic Theology. If you would like to learn more about the projects, please get in touch with the contact persons mentioned.

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Richter

Find out about the projects of Cornelia Richter, professor for Systematic Theology and Hermeneutics since 2012.

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Richter
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Cornelia Richter's Projects

Related projects

  1. DFG-FOR 2686 "Resilienz in Religion und Spiritualität. Aushalten und Gestalten von Ohnmacht, Angst und Sorge", September 2019 – August 2022 (Homepage12)
  2. VW project "The role of transcultural semantics and symbols for resilience during the Corona pandemic – a hermeneutic approach to historical and intercultural expressions of severe crisis"
  3. DFG project "Trajectories of perceived stress and resilience through the crisis and the influence of semantic representations of SARS-CoV-2 in healthcare and pastoral/spiritual care workers", in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Franziska Geiser and Prof. Dr. Lukas Radbruch

The protestant theological faculty of the University of Bonn stands in the mediating theological tradition as well as in relation to the sharp debates of the 20th century concerning “liberal theology”. Plotting the history of the liberal theological tradition leads one to list names like Semler and Schleiermacher, Albrecht Ritschl, Wilhelm Herrmann, Adolf von Harnack, and later Rudolf Bultmann, but a unified or clearly delineated school never formed. “Liberal“ is also not meant in the sense used by contemporary political parties and discourses. Rather it stands for a field under development, a program that studies the interlocking of religion with culture, science, politics, and art through the critical observation and analysis of contemporary public and private forms of life. Against this background, Christian faith is concentrated in its ethical significance for persons, personality, and conduct of life. The claims of a harsh theology of revelation step into the background in this tradition in exchange for a concentration on a mature and enlightened form of Christianity that places emphasis on inner experience and the realization of faith in life. In the context of contemporary intercultural and inter-religious tensions and processes of understanding, this line of inquiry into the significance of Christian faith is experiencing increasing significance and carries a formative influence on the majority of theological faculties in Germany. This is also the case in Bonn, even while this faculty at the same time remains – and rightly so – connected with the name of Karl Barth.

Among the most significant contributions of the liberal tradition are its extensive engagements with the concepts of religion and culture as well as its inquiry into the significance of media – including symbols, metaphor, images, narrative, interpretation – in the development and experience of these phenomena. The potential for an explicitly theological form of theology – as Barth called for and as is implied in the liberal tradition’s interest in contemporary forms of expression for liberal piety – has hardly been used up. The question is, in fact, of great significance: For only an enlightened “liberal piety,” attentive to and applied in the broader culture can guard against fundamentalist instrumentalisations of religion.

The question concerning the conjunction of “liberality” and “piety” – between liberal political values and religious faithfulness vis-à-vis understandings of Christianity in general – outlines a larger range of questions that is not restricted to Protestantism, but envelops ecumenical and interreligious collaborations. The question is one, again, of the forms of mediation that yield transformations in religious contents and their structures and in turn how these become more and less determinative for religious orientations and analysis of them. At every turn, the work of interpreting and understanding Christianity today must be remain near to life and sensitive to the pressing concerns of our day.

Related projects
  • Matthew Ryan Robinson, Ph.D.: The Be.Friend Projekt
  • Katharina Opalka: "Das Geheimnis des religiösen Menschen vor sich selbst". Die Demut als performativer Vollzug - Überlegungen anhand einer Relecture Albrecht Ritschls
  • Ann-Kathrin Armbruster: Philipp Melanchthons theologische Anthropologie. Ein Beitrag zur Tugendethik
  • Jennifer Lackmann: Die Gegenwart Gottes - Eine hermeneutische Untersuchung der religiösen Rede von "Gottes Nähe" unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Wittgenstein, Cassirer und den klassischen hermeneutischen Theologien von Fuchs, Ebeling und Jüngel
  • Daniel Rossa: Leere voller Gott – Die Fruchtbarkeit negativer Theologie für die Dogmatik
  • Clara Winden-Lee: Duftende Knospen - Emotive Sprache und hermeneutisches Selbstverständnis in Friedrich Schleiermachers Reden "Über die Religion"

Project at the Institute of Hermeneutics33.

Agency and integrity with regard to the "Grand Challanges" – project in cooperation with Transdisciplinary Research Area "Individuals, Institutions and Societies4".

Coordination: David Renz (WHF)

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Prof. Dr. Folkart Wittekind
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Prof. Dr. Folkart Wittekind

Find out about the projects of Folkart Wittekind, professor for Systematic Theology/Dogmatics and Ethics since 2021.

Folkart Wittekind's Projects

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Dissertation Projects

Get to know the dissertation projects currently being written in the field of Systematic Theology at the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Bonn. In the following overview you will also find recently completed projects.

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Dissertation Projects

Dr. Katharina Opalka's postdoctoral project.

Thorben Alles' project.

Ann-Kathrin Armbruster's project.

Anne-Kristin Dillmann's project (Cologne University).

Jennifer Lackmann's project.

Mirja Petersen's project.

Daniel Rossa's project.

Sebastian Schmidt's project.

Clara Winden-Lee's project (Cologne University).

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