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In: Hölderlin-Jahrbuch
In: Hölderlin-Jahrbuch

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This article responds to the “Gerakan Pemuda Ansor Declaration on Humanitarian Islam” from a Christian theological perspective, based on the conviction that, also from a Christian perspective, the Qu’ran must be understood as a revelation of God. First, the article traces the changes in the official Catholic view of Islam from the Second Vatican Council to the Abu Dhabi Declaration “A Document of Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”. The article then explores the “Gerakan Pemuda Ansor Declaration” in three steps. First, it refers to its being addressed to all people of good will, which calls for new alliances across the borders of religions and nations. Second, it contrasts an attitude of supremacy with one of sensibility, in which actions are understood as contributions rather than assertions of domination. Third, the article suggests that every new theological declaration also requires an aesthetic expression.

In: Humanitarian Islam
In: In Praise of Mortality

Abstract

This article presupposes that a clarification of the concept of religion must also direct its attention towards aesthetics. The questioning line starts from aesthetics and seeks to contribute to an explanation of religion. However, it is not only the sought-after concept of religion that is unclear; aesthetics also offers no secure terrain from which we can start. We first ask whether their connection is merely a sub-discipline of other fields or, as the discipline of Religionsästhetik claims for itself, whether it also touches on fundamental reflections. With Kant and Hölderlin, we examine whether religion and aesthetics refer directly to each other or can only be related to each other via a third moment. We then ask with Vattimo whether the interrelatedness of religion and aesthetics can be considered ahistorically or whether it provokes philosophical-historical questions. Concluding, we ask with Hegel about the permeability of the categories of religion and aesthetics.

In: Transformation of Religion
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JRAT Supplementa is an interdisciplinary, international, online open-access book series with a double-blind peer-review process. It is closely linked to the Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society (JRAT). The Supplementa series was founded to supplement the journal with the publication of monographs, translations of important works and strongly focused anthologies. Both publications serve to introduce the research topics of the Research Centre “Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society” (RaT, University of Vienna) into the international discourse. The aim of both JRAT and JRAT Supplementa is to investigate the contribution of religion to the cultural, political, legal, and aesthetic dynamics in present-day pluralistic societies.

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This introductory article gives an account of the importance of research into interreligious dialogue for the research centre „Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society“ (RaT) at the University of Vienna. On the one hand, the article names concrete projects from this research field that have been carried out in recent years. On the other hand, it explains that research on religion that considers social transformation processes must per se have an interreligious orientation if it wants to do justice to the societal realities of religious pluralism. Furthermore, research into interreligious-dialogical constellations must be part of the university utopia of making society conscious of itself (Klaus Heinrich).

In: Interreligiöser Dialog