English Summary

My research includes quite a variety of topics. My current focus is the development of an ethics of planetary sustainability. Before, I worked at the interface of astrobiology and theology. I am an expert on critical realism and –  having worked for scientists three years – very well acquainted with the field of science and religion in general.
I have a second leg in modern Jewish philosophy, and here particularly in the philosophies of Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig.
Thirdly, one should not forget my pioneering work on mission statements of German welfare organizations.
Whatever you are interested in: Feel invited to explore my ideas!

English and French Publications (only)

For a full list of publications, see my CV (updated bi-monthly).  Abstracts of the published works in English (mainly) you will find on my profile on ResearchGate. Thank you.

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In Preparation

  • „Martyrdom in the Name of God. Hope for Justice in an Afterlife or Justification for Terror Acts?“ (presented at the Lautenschläger Colloquium „Deathless Hopes: Reinventions of Afterlife and Eschatological Beliefs” July 10-11, 2016 @ Oranim: Academic College of Education, Kiryat Tivʿon, Israel)
  • „Life beyond earth: what does it mean to us?“ (presented at the CTNS Berkeley, 9 June 2015)
  • „The Need of an Ethics of Planetary Sustainability“ (presented at the CTI Princeton 14 February 2017)
  • „Appreciating Faith and Culture in an Age of Scientific Reasoning. On Constructive-Critical Realism.“ (Research at the CTI)
  • (Co-)Editor of the sections „Environmental Protection and Sustainability“, „Astrobiology and Religion“, and „Rethinking Humanity’s Place in the Universe“ of the White Paper of the COST Action Life ORIGINS TD 1308
  • „Challenges of cultural sustainability on an (inter)planetary scale“, in: Torsten Meireis and Gabriele Rippl (Eds.),Cultural Dimensions of Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences, Routledge
  • „A physicist’s belief in God. John Polkinghorne’s consonance of theology and science“ (Presented at the Cosmological Evolution conference at the Ignatianum in Cracow)

Accepted for Publication

  • With Zoe Lehmann Imfeld (Eds.), Our Common Cosmos. Exploring the future of theology, human culture and space sciences, Bloomsbury [forthcoming]
  • Modelling the relation between theology and science“, in: Zoe Lehmann Imfeld, Andreas Losch (Eds.), see above.
  • „The Cosmic Christ’s End. The Cosmological Meaning of Christ in an Interreligious Perspective, with a Focus on Jewish-Christian Eschatology“, in: Dirk Evers, Michael Fuller, Anne Runehov and Knut-Willy Saether (Hg.), Are we special? Issues in Science and Religion, Springer [forthcoming]

Published

  • Introduction, in: Andreas Losch (Ed.), What is Life? On Earth and Beyond, Cambridge University Press 2017, 1-10
  • „What theology can contribute to the question ‚What is Life?‘, in: Andreas Losch (Ed.), What is Life? On Earth and Beyond, Cambridge University Press 2017, 201-212
  • Conclusion,  in: Andreas Losch (Ed.), What is Life? On Earth and Beyond, Cambridge University Press 2017, 303-310
  • „Éternel“, dans: Salomon Malka (Ed.), Dictionnaire Rosenzweig. Une étoile dans le siècle, cerf 2016,123-128
  • „Kant’s wager. Kant’s strong belief in extra-terrestrial life, the history of this question and its challenge for theology today“, in: International Journal of Astrobiology vol. 15 no. 4, 261-270
  • „On the Relationship of Ian Barbour’s and Roy Bhaskar’s Critical Realism.“, in: Journal of Critical Realism (online), DOI:10.1080/14767430.2016.1193676
  • „Astrotheology: on exoplanets, Christian concerns and human hopes“, in: Zygon vol. 51 no. 2, 405-413 (Section editorial)
  • „Wright’s Version of Critical Realism“ in: God and the Faithfulness of Paul: A Critical Examination of the Pauline Theology of N.T. Wright. Edited by Christoph Heilig, Jay-Thomas Hewitt and Michael F. Bird. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament II., Tübingen 2016, 101-114 (Also regard Wright’s critique of the hypothesis 718-719 in this very book)
  • „Downward Causation – the way how mind and matter interact?“, in: De Gruyter Open Theology Journal 1 (2015)
  • “‘To research living beings one has to participate in life.’ Viktor von Weizsäcker’s legacy”, in: Dirk Evers et.al. (Eds.), Issues in Science & Theology: What is Life?, Cham 2015, 157-167
  • „What is behind God’s name? Martin Buber’s and Franz Rosenzweig’s Reflections on the Name of God“, in: Leo Baeck Institute Year Book Vol. 60 Nr. 1 (2015), 91-106
  • together with Andreas Krebs: „Implications for the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life – a Theological Approach“, in: Theology & Science  Vol. 13 No. 2 2015, 230-244
  • „Critical Realism – a sustainable Bridge between Science and Theology?“ , in: Theology & Science Vol. 8 No.4 2010, p. 393-416
  • „On the Origins of Critical Realism“, in: Theology & Science Vol.7 No.1 2009, 85-106
  • „Our world is more than physics – a constructive-critical comment on the current science & theology debate“, in: Theology & Science Vol.3 No.3 2005, 275-290. The article wins the ESSSAT Student Prize 2006.

Book reviews in English

  • Theodore Walker Jr. and Chandra Wickramasinghe, The Big Bang and God. An Astro-Theology, New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2015, in: Theology & Science Vol. 15 Nr. 3, 371-373
  • Markus Mühling, “Resonances: Neurobiology, Evolution and Theology”, in: Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences vol. 3 nr. 1 (2016), 100-103
  • Clément Vidal, „The Beginning and the End. The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective“, in: ESSSAT News 25:1 (2015), 30-32
  • Christina Aus der Au, „Im Horizont der Anrede“, in: Theology & Science  vol. 12 no. 1 2014, 117-119
  • Peter Byrne, „God and Realism“, in: ESSSAT News 14:4 (Dezember 2004)

Translations from English

Teaching Experience

I have taught courses on several systematic theological topics at the Universities of Bern, Bochum, Duisburg-Essen (Campus Essen) and Dortmund:

  • Evolution and Creation (Bochum and Duisburg-Essen)
  • HE, the Eternal or just the LORD? The meaning of God’s name and of his translation in the Jewish-Christian tradition (Dortmund)
  • Introduction into the Jewish-Christian Dialog orientated at Franz Rosenzweig, Eugen Rosenstock and Hans Ehrenberg (Bochum) / Franz Rosenzweig and Martin Buber (Dortmund)
  • Reason and Revelation in ecumenical perspective (Bochum)
  • Theology & Physics in international context (Duisburg-Essen)
  • Theology & Science – an introduction (Bochum and Bern)
  • Theology at the University (with Stephan Jütte, Bern)

Prizes and Awards

  • Manfred Lautenschläger Award 2013
  • Karl Heim Prize 2011/12
  • ESSSAT Student Prize 2006
  • Finalist of the Award for excellent interdisciplinary Research of the Society of Friends of the Ruhruniversity Bochum

Personal Research Grants and Scholarships

  • Research Grant of the cogito Foundation (109.500 CHF)
  • Research Fellow Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton (40.000 $)
  • Templeton Research Grant (25.000 €)
  • Scholarship for a year of studies in Israel (1997-1998)
  • Esser scholarship of the University of Bochum (declined in favor of a research position)
  • ESSSAT conference scholarships 2004 and 2008
  • Metanexus conference travel stipends 2005–2007
  • ERASTIN travel stipends for exchange with doctoral students in Oslo and Berkeley
  • Scholarship of the University of Bern’s research foundation and COST stipend for participation in a summer school and a conference on „Origins of Life“ in Ven/Höör (Sweden)
  • Scholarship of the University of Bern’s research foundation for participation in the conference of the International Franz Rosenzweig Society 2017 in Rome (Italy)

Third Party Funding

  • LSI-grant for the Science & Theology discussion group in Wuppertal 2005–2007 (15.000 $)
  • ISSR Library Award, acquired for the Theological Faculties in Bochum (250 Hardcover books)
  • SNF-Grant (7.300 CHF) and MVUB-Grant (5.000 CHF) for the Conference „What is Life?“
  • Grant of the Burgergemeinde Bern for the Workshop „Was Physiker glauben“ (1.000 CHF)