Theology of Ecumenism

Self-image of the subject

The theology of ecumenism considers the various ecclesial expressions of the Christian faith and asks how a desirable variety of divisions can be distinguished which contradict the communion-giving spirit of Jesus Christ. It gives an overview of the history of divisions and alienations, of the ecumenical movement, of convergences achieved and open questions with a view to renewing the visible unity of the church and the common Christian witness to the world today.

Module "Theology of Ecumenism" (2 CP)

The module consists of two teaching units: a semester lecture "Introduction to the Theology of Ecumenism" (1 SWS) and a semester lecture "Eastern Churches and Orthodox Theology" (1 SWS).

Study goals

  1. be able to theologically determine the terms "ecumenism" and "catholicity" in their complex meaning and in their inner classification;
  2. To know the main features of the history of divisions and alienations and of attempts to achieve visible unity, including the history of the ecumenical movement since the 19th century;
  3. Know the theological foundations of the ecumenical commitment of the Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox traditions;
  4. be able to reflect on the consequences of the respective ecclesial self-understanding for the goal and method of dialogue as well as for practical questions of ecclesial life;
  5. know the most important controversial theological questions and be able to theologically comprehend the respective debates;
  6. know the significance of spiritual ecumenism for unity;
  7. Develop a sensitivity for the theology of ecumenism as the fundamental dimension of the whole study of theology.

Performance review

The module is usually completed at the end of the first year of study with a graded exam, which refers to the totality of the learning objectives. It normally takes the form of an oral examination (15 minutes). Towards the end of the first semester an ungraded evaluation is offered. Within the framework of other courses and modules, lectures can be attended and examined individually.