The project focuses specifically on how to analyse the ways normative selfdescriptions of Christian communities can adjust to processes of democratisation and how they define the role of religion in democratic, pluralistic societies where religion is not a ‘frame’ for the whole of society, but only one societal factor among others. The project thereby builds on the insight that ‘democracy’ cannot be fully explained by state neutrality, public reason, or democratic procedures, but rather has to be viewed as a complex and rich tradition to which religious voices have contributed in the past and can and should contribute
in the present (Cf. Stout 2004).
To ensure a broad array of assessments of the relationship between religion and politics, this project involves scholars from both Western (Germany, USA) and Asian (Hong Kong, Taiwan) contexts.
Still more specifically, this project will invite the theologians in the project to engage in a critical conversation with the thought of Karl Barth (1886-1968).
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