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Research Unit Systematic Theology and the Study of Religions

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies contains five Research Units: Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology and the Study of Religions, Theological and Comparative Ethics, History of Church and Theology, and Pastoral and Empirical Theology. These research units have been entrusted with the teaching of theology and religious studies in the Faculty programmes, with research, with the formation of research personnel, and with social and ecclesiastical services related to each discipline.

Coordinator: Terrence Merrigan

Secretary: Maria Olisaemeka Rosemary Okwara

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Research in Systematic Theology and the Study of Religions

In agreement with tradition, the scientific research conducted by the Research Unit Systematic Theology and the Study of Religions takes place from within a hermeneutical-theological perspective. This results in a historically founded and systematic-theologically explored reflection on the religious experience and expressions of Christians and Christian communities, both past and present. Special attention is paid to the different hermeneutical fields of tension that arise when religious experience and its expressions are embedded in particular historical, cultural, and societal contexts. The most important fields harvest the tensions between religious experience and tradition, doctrine and praxis, faith and reason, faith and science, faith and history, faith and society and the theology of inter-religious dialogue. Within the same perspective basic themes in systematic theology are studied: doctrine of God, Christology and Trinity, doctrine of grace, ecclesiology, doctrine of creation, and eschatology. This methodological approach requires acquaintance and dialogue with philosophy, human sciences (sociology, psychology, cultural anthropology a.o.), and natural sciences.

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  • Lieven Boeve (fundamental theology, postmodernity, theological method)
  • Peter De Mey (ecclesiology, ecumenism, modern theology)
  • Jacques Haers (liberation theologies, creation theology)
  • Annemarie Mayer (fundamental theology, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, theology and religious studies)
  • Terrence Merrigan (Christology, interreligious dialogue, John Henry Newman)
  • Kristof Struys (Christology, pneumatology, trinitarian theology, Walter Kasper)
  • Stephan van Erp (fundamental theology, philosophical theology, political theology, Edward Schillebeeckx)

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All members of the Research Unit

List of all members of the RU

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Research Centres and Research Groups

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Second-Year Doctoral Evaluations: Goals, Procedures and Relevant Dates

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