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Donnerstag, 24.05.2018 bis Freitag, 25.05.2018


Tell me Europe, how do you feel about religion?

09:00 - 21:00 Uhr
Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät, Karl-Rahner-Platz 1

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The contributions of religions in the formation of Europe‘s "identity“ cannot be exaggerated. From the infusion of moral codes and educational principles to the productive tensions between the heritage of antiquity and Christianity as well as the
bloody intrafaith conflicts which have devastated vast regions over centuries in the early modern period and also led to the creation of a substantial tradition of a(nti-)religious thought from the Enlightenment onwards.

However, Europe is not "done" with religion. Whereas the significance of religious practice and doctrine is on the decline in large parts of Europe‘s societies, new forms of piety and even zealotism are on the rise in others. For more than one decade questions as to the proper relation between religions and the state, the (counter-)dynamics of “secularization“, the roots of religious violence and the compatibility of “Islam“ with European constitutions and “values“ have been discussed in public with much vigor. All too often, however, these discourses suffer from minds already made up or, worse, closed to rivaling perspectives.

As the climate for productive discussions on religion in Europe gets rougher, it is more than ever vital for academia to create spaces where distinct views get into touch and urgent topics can be addressed in a free and earnest manner. The conference will bring together international experts from multiple disciplines und create spaces for thorough debates on the future of Europe and its trouble with religion.


Institut für Philosophie und Institut für Systematische Theologie, Universität Innsbruck

Michaela Neulinger
0512 507 8545

Marie-Luisa Frick