Systematic Theology Section
The research focus of the Systematic Theology Section is the multiple and highly different contemporary aspects of the Christian tradition. The section covers the field by the distinction between three sub-fields of research, also known as the three disciplines of Systematic Theology: Dogmatics, Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, and, Practical Theology.
Dogmatics reflects on Christian Doctrine, Ecumenical Theology as well as Theology of Religion. The normative questions of truth and validity are examined in Christian concepts, doctrines and discourses.
Philosophy of Religion and Ethics reflects upon contemporary moral practices, and, upon the interpretation of reality as expressed in Christianity and other belief systems. Particular emphasis is placed on the current relationship between theology, phenomenology and hermeneutics.
Practical Theology reflects on Christian praxis and communication in theoretical as well as empirical approaches.
The three disciplines address different topics, but share basic methodologies and work with overlapping issues. The section focuses particularily on five primary research issues:
1. The Human Being, Existence and Nature
2. Human Relationality and Communication
3. Confessions and Churches
4. Religion, Metaphysics and Post-metaphysics
5. Theology and Philosophy of Science
In general, systematic scholars collaberate closely with the scholars of the Biblical Studies Section and of Church History and follow closely the current developments within disciplines as e.g. Philosophy, Religious Studies, Social Sciences and Psychology.
The Systematic Theology Section is the home of three research centres: