Lecture series 2009: World Religions – Understanding, Communication, Responsibility

The goal of the 10th lecture series of the Johannes Gutenberg endowed professorship is to analyze the current religious situation and to open up dialog and opportunities for communication between the religions of the world. According to Karl Cardinal Lehmann, the role of the religions of the world in modern society is considered very controversial. Many talk of religion as making a come-back in our society and others regard religion as partly responsible for much of the violence in our world. In his summer semester 2009 lecture series, his guiding principle is to work with his guests to promote understanding for the individual world religions, open up opportunities for communication and understanding between the religions and highlight the responsibility of religion in the age of globalization.

To this end, one lecture each will be devoted to highlighting the values, basic principles, current geographical distribution, and missionary approaches of the individual world religions and to a discussion of their contribution to combating the problems and issues posed by modern society. Nine renowned and competent guest speakers accepted Cardinal Lehmann's invitation and will support him in his efforts to explain the topics from a religious, theological, and philosophical perspective: Bettina Bäumer (Hinduism), Bishop Wolfgang Huber, Council Chair of the German Protestant Churches (religion, politics, and violence), Manfred Hutter (Baha’i religion), Hans Joas (religion and secularization), Eberhard Jüngel (Christianity), Gudrun Krämer (Islam), Johann Maier (Judaism), Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer (Taoism , Confucianism ), and Michael von Brück (Buddhism).

The series of events of the 10th Johannes Gutenberg endowed professorship shows that the title "World religions – understanding, communication, responsibility" is part of the program: Karl Cardinal Lehmann believes that, through constructive dialog based on traditional principles "equals talking to equals" – without forcing an assimilation of the various religions or leading to indifference for the other religions, it is possible to face our joint responsibility for a peaceful future in our world.


"Weltreligionen - Verstehen, Verständigung, Verantwortung"

Dienstag, 28. April 2009
Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Karl Kardinal Lehmann

Dienstag, 5. Mai 2009
mit Gastredner Prof. Dr. Hans Joas
(Dekan des Max-Weber-Kollegs für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftl. Studien, Universität Erfurt)

Dienstag, 12. Mai 2009
mit Gastredner Prof. Dr. Michael von Brück
(Religionswissenschaft, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Dienstag, 19. Mai 2009
mit Gastredner Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Johann Maier
(Prof. em. für Judaistik, Universität Köln)

Dienstag, 26. Mai 2009
mit Gastredner Prof. Dr. Drs. h.c. Eberhard Jüngel D.D.
(Prof. em., Evangelisch-Theol. Fakultät u. Philosoph. Seminar, Universität Tübingen)

Dienstag, 02. Juni 2009
mit Gastrednerin Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gudrun Krämer
(Institut für Islamwissenschaft, Freie Universität Berlin)

Dienstag, 09. Juni 2009
mit Gastrednerin Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bettina Bäumer
(Samvidalaya, Abhinavagupta Research Library, Varanasi, Indien)

Dienstag, 16. Juni 2009
mit Gastredner Prof. Dr. Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer
(Direktor der Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel)

Dienstag, 23. Juni 2009
mit Gastredner Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Hutter
(Institut für Orient- und Asienwissenschaften, Universität Bonn)

Dienstag, 30. Juni 2009
mit Gastredner Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Huber
(Bischof u. Vorsitzender des Rates der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland, Berlin)

Dienstag, 07. Juli 2009
Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Karl Kardinal Lehmann

18:15 bis ca. 20:00 Uhr

Hörsaal RW 1, Neubau Recht und Wirtschaft, Campus der Universität Mainz