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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.

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

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

Chair for Epistemology and Philosophy of Religion, University of Salzburg
 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
 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

Dr. Michael VON BRÜCK

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

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

Seminar Week

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Kategorie: all Plenary Seminar

12.08.2013

15:00 - 15:15 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2013 Plenary
15:15 - 15:30 Opening Concert Part I: Premiere of “The Light of Experience” Plenary
15:30 - 16:30 Opening Speeches Plenary
17:00 - 17:30 Opening Concert Part II Plenary
17:30 - 19:00 Presentation of the Seminars Plenary

13.08.-18.08.2013

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

13.08.2013

18:00 - 20:00 International Evening Culture

14.08.-13.08.2013

BarCamp: Transformations Seminar

15.08.2013

16:00 - 17:30 Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its Values Culture