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Thursday, March 7 • 16:45 - 18:45
#7/088.4 - 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?

Discussion about thesis „Theology of Animals“ and founding of a European Network on “Theology of Animals” (120min)

• Marcus Held (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Language: English / German


Marcus Held

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz


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