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JUST PEACE: THEOLOGICAL AND ETHICAL INTERPRETATIONS OF PEACE & JUSTICE


The ongoing ecumenical and interreligious debate on “Just Peace” will be presented and discussed. This includes theological understandings from the perspective of different religions as well as various approaches to peace-building and concepts of justice (retributive vs. restorative and transitional justice).

Several “testing fields” will be discussed, such as the concept of “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P), “Just Policing”, conflict transformation and reconciliation models as well as interreligious peace-building efforts.


PEACE THEOLOGY AND ETHICS

This course is designed primarily for students of theology. The ongoing ecumenical debate on “Just Peace” will be presented and discussed. Interpretations from different Christian traditions will be discussed: from „just war“-doctrine to non-violent conflict transformation, from retributive justice to restorative/transitional justice. Biblical texts will be investigated to explore the origins of dofferent opinions within Christian thought. It will be tested, in how far „just peace“ can be seen as a paradigm shift for (peace-) theology in general and for an ecumenical social ethics in particular.


ECCLESIOLOGY FROM A PEACE CHURCH PERSPECTIVE (ANABAPTIST/MENNONITE)

The student can describe different dimensions and the theological foundation of an ecclesiology from a peace church perspective, such as free-church, believers’ church and confregational church model (faith community, priesthood of all believers, church-state relation), ministry and ordinances, and the practices of a peace church (binding and losing, missional, and diaconical dimensions). Different church models from the wider ecumenical field will be presented (Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant) and compared with an ecclesiology from the peace church (Anabaptist-Mennonite) perspective. These include 16th century Anabaptist approaches as well as current models within the peace church traditions. Within these models, church ordinances (“sacraments”), church ministries, and church practices will be introduced in regard to their respective theological foundation as well as in their application.

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