RaT Book Series ist eine interdisziplinäre und internationale Buchreihe mit peer-review Verfahren. Sie wurde 2012 gegründet und wird seit 2022 bei BRILL verlegt. Das Ziel der Buchreihe besteht in der wissenschaftlichen Thematisierung des Einflusses von Religionen auf kulturelle, politische, rechtliche, ästhetische und geistige Dynamiken in globalisierten Gesellschaften. Umgekehrt wird die Bedeutung von aktuellen gesellschaftlichen Transformationsprozessen auf Religionen und religiöse Ausdrucksformen untersucht. Die Wechselwirkung von religiösen und gesellschaftlichen Veränderungen verlangt ein Zusammenwirken unterschiedlicher wissenschaftlicher Disziplinen und eröffnet eine Sphäre interdisziplinärer Forschung, die in dieser Buchreihe Raum erhalten soll. Sowohl Theologien verschiedener Konfessionen und Religionen (Katholisch, Orthodox, Evangelisch, Islamisch, Alevi) als auch Religionswissenschaft, Religionsphilosophie, Religionssoziologie, Rechtswissenschaft, Sozialwissenschaft, Judaistik, Islamwissenschaft, Indologie, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde etc. sind Teil dieses gemeinsamen Projektes. Seit 2018 wird auch die Reihe „Studying Jihadism“ innerhalb der RaT Book Series fortgesetzt.
RaT Book Series is an interdisciplinary and international book series with a peer-review process. It was established in 2012 and has been published by BRILL since 2022. The aim of the book series is to scientifically address the influence of religions on cultural, political, legal, aesthetic and spiritual dynamics in globalised societies. Conversely, the significance of current social transformation processes on religions and religious forms of expression is examined. The interaction of religious and societal changes requires a collaboration of different academic disciplines and opens up a sphere of interdisciplinary research which shall be promoted by this book series. Theologies of different denominations and religions (Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Islamic, Alevi) as well as religious studies, philosophy of religion, sociology of religion, law, social science, Jewish studies, Islamic studies, Indology, Tibetan and Buddhist studies, etc. are part of this joint project. Since 2018, the series “Studying Jihadism” has also been continued within the RaT Book Series.
Anchored in concrete struggles for climate justice, this volume offers constructive theological contributions to the development of just ways of living in an inter-special community.
The struggle against the climate crisis and for a livable future on earth raises profound questions of justice that call for theological engagement. Anchored in concrete situations of climate vulnerability and responsibility, this volume investigates the theological epistemologies, practices and imaginaries that have profoundly shaped climate politics in the past and explores possible theological reformulations that can open up sustainable and just futures. With these critical and constructive theological reflections, it seeks to contribute to practices of climate justice by inspiring the development of socially and economically just ways of living in global, inter-special community.
Die Religionspädagogik befindet sich in einem Prozess der Internationalisierung. Ihr eigener Anspruch auf Wissenschaftlichkeit sowie gesellschaftliche Globalisierungstendenzen und der grenzüberschreitende Charakter der Religionen führen dazu, dass religionspädagogisches Wissen unabhängiger von nationalen Grenzen wird. Eine international-vergleichende und transferorientierte bibliometrische Analyse von religionspädagogischen Kernzeitschriften im deutschsprachigen Raum und in Großbritannien legt entsprechende Entwicklungen im Zeitraum von 1970-2000 offen. Dabei werden neben der Rolle wachsender internationaler Kontakte und Netzwerke und der Rezeption ausländischer Autorinnen und Autoren auch inhaltliche Bezüge auf das Ausland indikatorenbasiert analysiert. Neben einem Beitrag zur religionspädagogischen Wissenschaftsforschung bietet die Arbeit auch neue Perspektiven auf Diskurse in der deutschsprachigen und britischen Religionspädagogik.
The Anthropocene as an age of human ability for the destruction of the ecosystem “earth” represents a permanent secular end-time. It is the responsibility of theology to interpret such a global sign of the time in the light of the gospel, for which the categories of biblical apocalyptics are evident. But apocalypticism represents an often misused tradition and has a reputation for mythological dualism and pessimism. Authentic Judeo-Christian apocalyptic, however, represents a political prophetic theology of its present. It reflects the possibility of hope in situations of catastrophic gradient. It is astonishingly current and inspiring in the discourse around experiences of powerlessness and the impossibility of a “right life in the wrong one.” In the face of climate catastrophe, it teaches a discernment of spirits between optimism for progress and a resistant practice of hope.
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has set itself the goal of empowering adolescents to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) proclaimed by the UN. The following article discusses the extent to which Religious Education can be linked to ESD. It is shown that ESD sometimes does not make conflicts of interest or ideological blind spots transparent, which need to be critically analyzed by Religious Education. This reveals dilemmas that a politically oriented religious ESD has to deal with. How these dilemmas can be dealt with in Religious Education is finally illustrated by an example.
The urgency of the climate crisis is becoming increasingly visible in far-right politics in the United States and Europe, as ecological themes are rearticulated through nationalist visions of ethnic and racial identity and connected to issues like global migration. While these shifts connect to a well-established history of right-wing ecological discourse, including ecofascism, the outsized influence of climate change denialism on the right and the common association of environmentalism with progressive aims have tended to obscure these worrying trends. This contribution to theological cultivation of climate justice is primarily diagnostic—an account of fast-moving political developments that merit attention from theologians who are committed to struggles against racism, xenophobia, and Christian supremacy in efforts toward planetary transformation.
Liberating theologies focus primarily on the poor and the relationship between reality and faith perspectives. The editors of this volume present their shared views while sticking to their different theoretical approaches regarding universality and particularity, epistemology, culture and economy. Taking reality and particularly climate issues seriously as well as the consequences for the poor, different social actors, including academia are seen in their different roles in the engagement for a world the humans share with other kinds of being.
This article traces the changing, multifaceted use of the term climate justice on the basis of documents from international relations. It elaborates that climate justice is conceptually and practically characterized by a double tension: particularity and universality as well as stabilization and contestation. With these characteristics, climate justice represents a normative principle, a binding agent of climate policy, as well as a tool for its critique. It opens spaces of negotiation not only for efficient but also for just climate protection measures.
For a theological vision of the mutual participation of all created, the stewardship paradigm as a description of a constructive relation between humankind and nature is acknowledged but deemed as insufficient. After a meditation on the framing of David Attenborough’s film A Life on the Planet in which the wild is envisioned as mending humanity’s destructiveness, the discourse of the Rights of Nature is discussed as an appreciation of nature’s subjectivity, a subjectivity that is affirmed in various indigenous theologies as well, not least in Scandinavian Sámi theology. In conversation with this theology, the Swedish bishops’ letter on the climate, the papal encyclical Laudato Si’, and various eco-theologians, this article goes beyond the stewardship paradigm and argues for the necessity to accord nature its own voice.
In Western canonical Christian theology rationalist, abstract perspectives are prevailing. An alternative approach to Climate Justice in order to nourish practically informed ecotheology allows appreciating narrative structures in concrete experiences. Through biographical conversations with elderly Bolivian farm-wives their sets of values have been analyzed. The rich data material offers insights on: relationship and experience of nature, nature as a source of life and a commodity, natural spirituality, cyclic or teleological experience of nature. Finally, there is an outline and discussion of ecofeminist strands with the conflictive findings in the fully lived theologies of Grandmothers’ University.