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Wednesday, March 6 • 16:45 - 18:45
#6/088.2 - Panel Animals in the Anthropocene. Against and beyond theology’s blindness to the living creature

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“All transcendence is animal“, states the German novelist Thomas Mann. Christian Theology however seems to have forgotten about animals. Animals represent a different kind of liveliness and the competence to deal with otherness starts with them. Is such an anthropocentrism of our culture an immediate consequence of Christian Theology? Considering contemporary approaches in e.g. sociological, philosophical or ethical perspectives that come to rediscover animals, we need to ask why they are still overlooked and almost invisible in theological reasoning. What can theology therefore learn from different disciplines and areas of science, which approaches and methodologies could be adapted theologically? The quest to find elements of an „Animal Theology“ is leading through the Bible, through hagiography and Christian art. Finally it leads right into the heart of Theology: What is lacking about God when we lack the animals?

  • Marcus Held (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

  • Marcus Held (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) - Sovereignty of Animals- A Reflection Figure of a Theology of Animals
  • Thomas Ruster (TU Dortmund) - Divine and animal transcendence. Observations on blank spaces in the Scriptural witness of God
  • Gregor Taxacher (TU Dortmund) - St. Francis of Assisi - A Christian Animist?
  • Lisa-Marie Kaiser (TU Dortmund) - Animals in Heaven? Observations on their Traces in Christian Eschatology

Language: English / German


Gregor Taxacher

TU Dortmund

Thomas Ruster

TU Dortmund

Marcus Held

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Wednesday March 6, 2019 16:45 - 18:45 GMT
Sala Marconi – Aemilia Hotel Via S. Vitale, 114, 40125 Bologna BO

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