Dogmatics life: divine life and human life

The project group Dogmatics explores the meaning and implications of the concepts of 'life (of God)' and '(human) life'. Point of departure is the Old and New Testaments and the protestant confessions. The research focuses on two interrelated main questions: 1. How do we construe 'divine life'; and 2. how do we construe 'human life'?

The first question is basically about the implications of biblical phrases like 'the living God' and 'the source of life'. This includes the following questions:

  • How can the life of the triune living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be described in trinitarian terms?
  • How can the life of the living God, the Creator, be understood as distinct from and related to created life? Do God's incarnation and the death of Jesus imply that God can die?
  • How is the life of God related to human history?
  • In what sense is God's life eternal? How is God's eternal life related to human existence in time?
  • The second main question is what makes human life truly human. This includes the following questions concerning created and transformed life:
  • What is the difference between the life and death of human beings and the life and death of other beings from a theological perspective and how is this related to the perspective of e.g. evolution theory.
  • Are human beings created with a specific human dignity and with specific human rights? Does longing for God naturally belong to the life of a created human being?
  • How do we understand the transformation of human life and its redemption from different forms of evil and sin? How does redemption take place and how is it lived out according to the Old and New Testaments (Torah, Chokma, Christ, Spirit)? How can human life be liberated from the control of economic and political power structures (Agamben)?
  • How do we understand '(human) eternal life', which is according to the Apostles' Creed the ultimate human destination? Is it distinct from or in some way participating in divine life?

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