Graduate School 1728 "Theology as an Academic Discipline"
About the Graduate School 1728
Recent academic Theology is the result of a long historical process which established forms and institutions of reflexivity within different religious traditions. This process is fundamental for any dialogue among religions themselves and between religion as such and the secular world. Although the multifarious presence of religion(s) is very much in the focus of today’s (post) secular society, the analytical potential of Theology and its ‘scientific’ character as an academic discipline are regarded as precarious. Against this background, the PhD programme “Theology as an Academic Discipline” (in German: Graduiertenkolleg "Theologie als Wissenschaft", abbr. “GRK”) will reconstruct the historical formation and constitution of theological reflexivity in exemplary fields and, at the same time, offer a systematic account of a rational basis for religious normativity today. Intrinsically interconfessional and interreligious in its character, the PhD programme will not only engage the different normative religious traditions, represented by the respective theologies, but by including relevant non-theological disciplines will also foster a transdisciplinary discourse which aims at a mutual illumination about the emergence and purpose of theology.
Fellows at the Chair for Biblical Studies and Exegesis
Funded by the German Research Foundation.