"Was ist Theologie?"

Forelæsning ved Prof Johannes Zachhuber, University of Oxford, Faculty of Theology and Religion.

What is theology?/Was ist Theologie?

The existence of a subject called theology is not something ever to be taken for granted. It is neither a natural development within the world of religions nor an obvious part of a system of knowledge. Its prominent existence in the Christian tradition therefore needs to be explained. My attempt to provide such an explanation takes its starting point from the relationship between theology and the institution of the church – another highly unusual feature of Christianity. I will argue that the unique status of theology within the Christian religion is due to its intimate connection with the institution of the church. In my lecture, I will reflect on the various aspects this syzygy has had – both for the Christian churches and for theology as a field of knowledge.

Forelæsningen holdes på engelsk.