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07: Between Faith and Atheism – Values and the Variety of Spiritual Experiences

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Religious faith and spirituality in their many manifestations constitute an important basis of our society. Spiritual experiences pick up several traits of religions while transforming them in a critical way. A mainstream variant considers nature to be the crucial agent, an initiative and self-acting energy bringing forth everything according to the potentials essentially inherent in the cosmos and in creatures. In contrast to science, nature is attributed a power which conveys salvation and acts for the benefit of individuals, their self-unfolding and self-actualisation, also with respect to moral development, while refusing extrinsic norms and values. This kind of spirituality draws on Aristotle, other Western philosophies of nature as well as Asian traditions. Spirituality is part of many disciplines like educational theory, philosophy, psychology (of religion), art theory, but also of the natural sciences; it has manifold variations and affects the understanding of ethics and values. In addition, polarising positions such as those held by New Atheists, Fundamentalists and modern Satanists can be observed. In many, especially European, countries all this triggers public debates.
The seminar aims at examining this kind of spirituality on the basis of significant examples, putting them forward for discussion and identifying common roots. It will also critically evaluate the best ways of coping with the diversity of religious and spiritual views while avoiding radical tendencies. Finally, we will ask under which circumstances these tendencies and widening views could and actually do contribute to a more tolerant society with experience-based values.

Speakers

FD Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, School of Humanities, King's College London Chair
Professor of Religion, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Chair

MMag. DDDr. Clemens SEDMAK

FD Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, School of Humanities, King's College London

 Studies in philosophy, Theology, Social Theory and Development Theory at the University of Innsbruck, the ETH Zurich, at Maryknoll, NY and the University of Linz
2001-2005 Chair for Epistemology and Philosophy of Religion, University of Salzburg
 He has been visiting professor at the Jomo Kenyatta University in Nairobi, at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana) and at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City
since 2005 FD Maurice Professor for Moral Theology and Social Theology, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, School of Humanities, King's College London

Dr. Michael VON BRÜCK

Professor of Religion, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

  Research Paper in Philosophy of Religion: "New Tendencies in the Philosophy of Religion of USSR"
1975 Dr. theol. at the University of Rostock in Systematic Theology, Topic: Possibilities and Limits of a Theology of Religions (Karl Barth und Rudolf Otto)
1980-1982 Habilitation: Advaita and Trinity. Indian and Christian Experience of God in Dialogue of Religions
  Research Fellow at Dept. of Philosophy of the University of Madras Organizer and Director of a Program for Interreligious Studies and Dialogue
1981-1985 Visiting Professor at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Madras
1983-1985 Study of Philosophy of Mahayana-Buddhism at Gaden Mahayana Monastic University (Karnataka) and in Dharamsala, India Study of Tibetan Buddhism in Ladakh, Zanskar and Sikkim
1988-1991 Professor of Comparative Religion, Philosophical Faculty, University of Regensburg
1990-1998 General Editor of the Journal Dialog der Religionen, (Chr. Kaiser/Gütersloher Verlagshaus), Gütersloh
since 1991 Chair of the Interdisciplinary Religious Studies Program at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich

Seminar Week

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Kategorie: all PlenarySeminar

12.08.2013

17:00 - 17:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2013Plenary
17:15 - 17:30Opening Concert Part I: Premiere of "The Light of Experience"Plenary
17:30 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 19:30Opening Concert Part IIPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary

13.08.-18.08.2013

Seminar 01: New Approaches to Security - Cooperation, Concentration and IntegrationSeminar
Seminar 02: Open Data, Open Government, Open Society?Seminar
Seminar 03: Democratic Interventionism or Responsibility to Protect?Seminar
Seminar 04: Motivation - A Biological and Social BaseSeminar
Seminar 05: Values in ScienceSeminar
Seminar 06: Exploring the Universe: Competition or Cooperation?Seminar
Seminar 07: Between Faith and Atheism - Values and the Variety of Spiritual ExperiencesSeminar
Seminar 08: The Evil in ArtSeminar
Seminar 09: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Protecting and Developing an Open SocietySeminar
Seminar 10: Power and CyberspaceSeminar
Seminar 11: What Kind of Foreign Policy - Value-Based or Realpolitik?Seminar
Seminar 12: Human Appropriation of Natural Resources  Challenges, Constraints and Ethical AspectsSeminar
Seminar 13: Synthetic Biology: Social and Ethical ImplicationsSeminar
Seminar 14: Roots of European ValuesSeminar
Seminar 15: Irrational Behaviour of Individuals: Implications for Economic PolicySeminar
Seminar 16: Experiences in Migration and Integration: A Cultural ApproachSeminar

13.08.2013

20:00 - 22:00International EveningCulture

14.08.2013

19:00 - 00:00BarCamp: TransformationsSeminar

15.08.2013

18:00 - 19:30Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its ValuesCulture