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The question behind the reflections here is that of the particular understanding of authority (Verbindlichkeit) in the Reformed tradition in comparison to the Lutheran tradition. There is a broad common ground between the two traditions regarding the uniqueness of the principle of Scripture as the unsurpassable guideline for theological insights and ecclesiastical decisions. Confessions and tradition are of secondary character and always need to be revised anew in the critical light of Scripture. They serve the church as temporarily binding decisions in terms of human answers to God’s address to His people in the gospel. Beyond this shared basis, the Reformed tradition is more concerned with the provisional character of the church’s confessional writings. The difference between the contemporary act of confession and the confidence in the wording of the confessions handed down indicates a different stress in the Reformed and the Lutheran traditions.

In: Crossroad Discourses between Christianity and Culture

The question behind the reflections here is that of the particular understanding of authority (Verbindlichkeit) in the Reformed tradition in comparison to the Lutheran tradition. There is a broad common ground between the two traditions regarding the uniqueness of the principle of Scripture as the unsurpassable guideline for theological insights and ecclesiastical decisions. Confessions and tradition are of secondary character and always need to be revised anew in the critical light of Scripture. They serve the church as temporarily binding decisions in terms of human answers to God’s address to His people in the gospel. Beyond this shared basis, the Reformed tradition is more concerned with the provisional character of the church’s confessional writings. The difference between the contemporary act of confession and the confidence in the wording of the confessions handed down indicates a different stress in the Reformed and the Lutheran traditions.

In: Crossroad Discourses between Christianity and Culture
In: Journal of Reformed Theology
The Mission of the Church in the Transformation of European Culture
The scope of this volume is how churches experience themselves and their mission in their context. The discussions in this volume provide ample material to substantiate the claim that the church should not be an ecclesia incurvata in se ipsa, (a church curved into itself) but welcoming and directed not only to personal needs but to social needs as well—but not bound to what people often feel the needs are and delving deeper to the real roots of sin and selfishness, be it personal, social or national. Contextualization in itself is part of the mission of the churches, but it is on the edge: should the church adapt to its context and lose both its identity and witness or should it find a way between the Scylla of easy adaptation to the changing contexts of this world that is passing and the Charybdis of a preservation of forms and identities of bygone times that have lost the freshness of the message of liberation of bondage, conversion and freedom, freedom to be what the church is called to be, a sign of hope, peace, reconciliation, justice and love?
On Being Reformed in Ecumenical Encounters
Wege ins Unbekannte
Die Frage, ob der Erste Weltkrieg letztlich vermeidbar gewesen wäre oder ob die Welt unaufhaltsam in die Katastrophe trieb, ist fast so alt wie dieser Krieg selbst.
Der Band widmet sich schlaglichtartig Fragen nach der Einstellung der herrschenden Eliten zum Krieg, der öffentlichen Meinung von Männern und Frauen sowie den kollektiven Mentalitäten in den kriegführenden Nationen. Eine vergleichende Zusammenschau der gesellschaftlichen Erwartungen, Hoffnungen, Ängste sowie die Selbst- und Fremdwahrnehmungen soll außerdem dazu beitragen, den Blick auf die Umstände und Folgen des Kriegsausbruchs in Europa zu lenken. Zugleich bietet er eine Analyse der neuesten Forschungsergebnisse zur Geschichte des Ersten Weltkriegs und bettet sie kulturhistorisch in die Umstände des Jubiläumsjahres 2014 ein.