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Theological Faculty at the University of Salzburg

The Center for Intercultural Theology and the Study of Religions specializes in research and teaching on the complex relationship of cultures, religions, and identities in a global world and on the philosophical, theological, religious, and cultural discourses required to explore these interactions.

Guiding questions:

  • What is the significance of dialogue processes (a) for religious communities and (b) for their theologies?

  • How can conflicting theological and religious-political topics be discussed, while respecting the peculiarity of religious traditions on the one hand and developing comparative-theological hermeneutics on the other?

  • Where can sacral-political and theological topics be addressed between religious communities in their social and political relations? (Model: Theology of the State of Israel).

  • Does the theological conversation and interreligious understanding between Judaism and Christianity (specifically: the Catholic Church) have its own theological dimension?

  • If so, on what level? How can this theologicity of the dialogue be determined? How can it be linked to the respective traditions? What does this mean for the perception of the history of the relations between Judaism and the Catholic Church so far? What are the hermeneutical and ecclesiological consequences?

  • How can basic theological research and dialogue processes be communicated in an opinion-forming way (focus: general public) and made useful for policy decisions (focus: politics)?

Prof. Dr. Gregor Maria Hoff: Fundamental Theology and Ecumenism

Prof. Dr. Martin Rötting: Head of Religious Studies / Head of Department Systematic Theology

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