Practical Theology

Practical Theology I

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Interim Professor Retired Professor

Practical Theology II

Visitor Address: Taubertsberg III (9184) Wallstraße 7-7a 55122 Mainz, DE
Postal Address: Saarstraße 21 55099 Mainz, DE
Professor
Fechtner, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kristian
Visitor Address:
Wallstraße 7-7a, 55122 Mainz
Building:
Taubertsberg III (9184)
Room:
Taubertsberg III - 01-302
Phone:
+49 6131 39 20733
Email:
fechtner@uni-mainz.de

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Tue
12:30 - 14:00

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Portrait Fechtner, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kristian
Office Assistant
Berg, Carolin
Visitor Address:
Wallstraße 7-7a, 55122 Mainz
Building:
Taubertsberg III (9184)
Room:
Taubertsberg III - 01-306
Phone:
+49 6131 39 26186
Email:
sekretariatfechtner@uni-mainz.de

Office hours

Mon
11:00 - 13:00
Tue
13:30 - 15:00
Thu
09:00 - 11:00

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Portrait Berg, Carolin
Associate Professor Honorary Professor Lecturer with a specified function Academic Staff Member
Beckmayer, Dr. Sonja

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Visitor Address:
Wallstraße 7-7a, 55122 Mainz
Building:
Taubertsberg III (9184)
Room:
Taubertsberg III - 01-312
Phone:
+49 6131 39 22286
Email:
beckmayer@uni-mainz.de

Office hours

Thu
12:00 - 13:00

Termine nur nach vorheriger Vereinbarung.

Portrait Beckmayer, Dr. Sonja

Practical Theology is the newest discipline within the field of academic theology. It was the concept that theology as a whole can be understood as a scientia practica, i.e. a subject that has a practical application in the real world, that resulted in the formation of this discipline in the 19th century. It thus represents one of the most modern elements within theology. More narrowly conceived, it serves as a practical basis for ecclesiastical and pastoral activity, but in a wider sense it represents a practical guide for living out the Christian faith in the present world.

It is thus not a form of “applied” theology, but in its own way provides a framework for guiding our actions and perceptions, thus complementing the general purpose of theology, which is to enable us to critically reflect on and take responsibility for our Christian lifestyles and beliefs. Practical Theology has to perform these tasks in the face of on-going changes to the ecclesiastical and cultural worlds within our society. Practical Theology, along with the other theological disciplines, focuses on exploring how the Christian religion manifests itself in the present, late modern age. It is particularly concerned with considering the contemporary relevance of Christianity and developing competency in religious practices, especially with regard to ecclesiastical and educational activities.

Practical Theology is divided into several related sub-disciplines, which are reflected by the core research foci of the two chairs: Liturgics/Homiletics and Religious Education. ‘Liturgy’ and ‘education’ are the main topics that serve as central nodes for various aspects of Practical Theology and of related sub-disciplines, such as Pastoral Care, Special Liturgies, Social Welfare, Parish and Church Theory, Pastoral Theology etc.

Practical Theology requires the use of a methodology employing hermeneutical, empirical and aesthetic principles. For this reason, Practical Theology must enter into interdisciplinary dialogue with related disciplines which analyse religious practices from other perspectives (Religious Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Musicology etc.). The purpose of the discipline within the wider field of academic theology is to develop theological identities and religious capacity through the scholarly analysis of experience.