Online-Lecture Series during Winter Term of 2022/2023


The lecture series Religionen und Wissenschaft im aktuellen Diskurs – Spannungsfelder, Herausforderungen und Chancen (Religions and Science in Current Discourse -- Tensions, Challenges, and Opportunities) organised by the Discipline of Islamic Religious Education will take place between Oct. 25, 2022 and Jan. 16, 2023.

Faith and knowledge, religion and science - an eternal contradiction? Ever since the European Enlightenment and the rise of the natural sciences in modern times, there has been an increasing problematisation of religious interpretations of the world. Even the Islamic world has faced such challenges, especially since the 19th century. 

But is that necessarily why we have to declare religion(s) as outdated? Are religion and science really so incompatible? The online lecture series in the winter semester 2022/23 is dedicated to a well-known area of tension that is nevertheless more relevant today than ever before.


More information can be found on the lecture series website (in German). 



Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
Science, Faith and Ethics by Prof. Dr. Denis Alexander (England)

Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
Islam and Science by Prof. Dr. Nidhal Guessoum (Sharjah)

Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
Religious and Scientific Instruction on Evolution and Origins in Israeli Schools by Dr. Rachel S.A. Pear (Israel)

Monday, January 16, 2023, 6:00 p.m.  
Das Verhältnis von christlicher Theologie zu Naturwissenschaften und Medizin (The relationship between Christian theology and the natural sciences and medicine) by Prof. Dr. Matthias Beck (Vienna)


Invitations to the lecture series are extended to

  • anyone interested from the practical and theoretical fields
  • students and teachers at technical colleges and universities
  • expert advisors, institution representatives and continuing education instructors
  • all lay people who are interested in theological and religious studies as well as ethical concepts and approaches

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