Practical Theology


Sekretariat

Carolin Berg
Raum: 00-545
E-Mail: sekretariatfechtner@uni-mainz.de
Tel: 06131-39-26186

Universitätsprofessorinnen/-professoren

Stephan Weyer-Menkhoff, Univ.-Prof. Dr. theol.
Raum: 00-544
E-Mail: weyermen@uni-mainz.de
Tel: +49 6131 39-25448
Sprechstunden:
Fr 10:30 - 11:30, Vorlesungszeit
Fr 9:30 - 10:30, vorlesungsfreie Zeit

Kristian Fechtner, Univ.-Prof. Dr. theol.
Raum: 00-547
E-Mail: fechtner@uni-mainz.de
Tel: +49 6131 39-20733

Privatdozentinnen/-dozent

Thomas Nisslmüller, PD Dr.
E-Mail: t.nism@web.de

Wiss. Mitarbeiterinnen/Mitarbeiter

Jürgen Lehwalder
Raum: 02-538
E-Mail: ljuergen@uni-mainz.de
Tel: 06131-39-28603

Dominic Frenschkowski
Raum: 02-513
E-Mail: dfrensch@uni-mainz.de
Tel: 06131-39-22469

Sonja Beckmayer, Dr. theol.
Raum: 02-512
E-Mail: beckmaye@uni-mainz.de
Tel: 06131-39-22286

Nichtbed. Lehrkräfte und Lehrbeauftragte

Volker Ellenberger, Kantor
E-Mail: ellenberger.Johannis@t-online.de
Tel: +49 6131 54646

Heidrun Dörken, Pfarrerin
Tel: 069-92107210

Bernd Schmidt, StD Pfarrer
E-Mail: Bernd.Schmidt7@gmx.de
Tel: +49 6131 -8862626

Nichtbed. Lehrkräfte und Lehrbeauftragte: Dr. jur. Jacobs, Uwe, Tel. 0721/9175-617, 07271/126998, Dr. theol. Keller-Wentorf, Christel, Tel. 069/525141, PD Dr. Roosen, Rudolf, Tel. 0221/691858, PD Dr. Roth, Elisabeth, Tel. 0611/302351

apl. Professorinnen/Professoren

Hans-Joachim Bechtoldt, OStD, Pfarrer a. D., apl. Prof. Dr. theol. habil.
E-Mail: pddr.bechtoldt@bbswi-kh.de
Tel: 06708-3225

Honorarprofessorinnen/-professoren

Christa Reich, Kantorin, Prof. Dr. theol. h. c.
E-Mail: christareich@gmx.de
Tel: +49 6101-84346

Uwe Kai Jacobs, Prof. Dr. jur. , KORD
E-Mail: dahlienlandau@gmx.de
Tel: 06341-945304

InhaltsverzeichnisInhaltsverzeichnis 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.