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Statistik, kirchliche

(503 words)

Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[English Version] . Kirchl. S. dient der Erhebung der meßbaren Daten des kirchl. Lebens und mit ihm zusammenhängender Sachverhalte. – Vorstufen begegnen ab dem 14.Jh. in Form von Matrikeln, in denen Taufen, Trauungen und Beerdigungen (Kasualien) erfaßt sind. Auch in den reformatorischen Kirchen finden sich bald Kirchenbücher mit entsprechenden Aufzeichnungen. Am Anfang der modernen S. stand dann die zahlenmäßige Erfassung von Daten, um Gesetzmäßigkeiten auf die …

Schule und Kirche

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[English Version] . Das Verhältnis von Sch. und K. spiegelt das Verhältnis von Kirche und Staat und die jeweiligen Auffassungen in Erziehung bzw. Pädagogik und in Rel. bzw. Theol. wider, unterliegt also dem Wandel und ist in einzelnen Ländern unterschiedlich geregelt. In der Antike gab es keine Sch. für christl. Kinder. Ein Beginn erfolgte in Klöstern, die – wie im Prologus Regulae Benedicti (45) formuliert – als »dominici scola servitii« gelten konnten. Im Laufe der Zeit entstanden hier – initiiert durch die Oblation von Kindern (Obla…

Pietät

(359 words)

Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[English Version] Pietät, ein aus dem Lat. (pietas) stammender, sich weithin mit dem griech. ευ᾿σε´βεια/euse´beia und dem ahd.-gotischen »fruma« deckender Begriff auf der Grenze zw. Ethik und Rel., bez. eine – meist – positiv gesehene, gehorsame bzw. rücksichtsvolle Haltung zu einer Person, einem Gegenstand o. ä., heute v.a. auf das Verhältnis zu Verstorbenen reduziert. Schon im Lat. findet sich das Changieren im Bedeutungsgehalt: auf der einen Seite bez. pietas ein Verhalten im zwischenmenschlichen Bereich, bes. gegenüber den Eltern (Cic. Partitiones oratoriae, 78; De inventione, 2,66), auf der anderen das angemessene Verhältnis zu den Göttern (Cic.n.d. 1,116). Die Bedeutung dieses Konzepts in der Antike kommt darin zum Ausdruck, daß pietas personifiziert und als Gottheit verehrt we…

Treviranus

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[English Version] Treviranus, Georg Gottfried (12.1.1788 Bremen – 22.8.1868 ebd.), ev. Theologe, ab 1814 mit G. Menken an der Bremer St. Martinikirche, ab 1826 dessen Nachfolger (Pastor primarius). Von großem Organisationstalent gründete und unterstützte er zahlreiche Vereine v.a. missionarischer und diakonischer Zielsetzung und unterhielt zahlreiche (auch internationale) Kontakte in der Erweckungsbewegung. 1861 D. h.c. (Göttingen und Berlin).…

Nacht

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[English Version] Nacht, praktisch-theologisch. Der N. (Tag und Nacht) kommt für das Befinden der Menschen und damit auch deren rel. Praxis bes. Bedeutung zu (zum religionsphänomenologischen Befund s. Reimbold). Nicht nur in Kulturen ohne elektrischen Strom ist die N. ein ambivalent erfahrener Raum, wobei – wie nicht zuletzt die symbolische Verwendung von N. zeigt – die Angst vor Finsternis (Licht und Finsternis) und Zerstörung überwiegt, aber u.a. auch die Ruhe der N. als wohltuend empfunden werden kann. So begegnen religionsgesch. nicht n…

Children's Church/Sunday School

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[German Version] I. Precursors – II. Beginnings in Germany – III. Conceptual Development – IV. Challenges and Innovations I. Precursors Given Jesus' attention to children (Mark 10:13–16 parr.), it is not surprising that in early Christian worship they often performed important duties, such as reading lessons or singing psalms (Bottermann). As early as the 11th century, and with increased frequency since the Reformation, besides the liturgical life of schools (School worship) – parti…

Drews, Paul Gottfried

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[German Version] (May 8, 1858, Eibenstock, Saxony – Aug 1, 1912, Halle an der Saale). In 1894, after several years of parish ministry, Drews was appointed associate professor of pastoral theology at Jena; in 1901 he was appointed professor at Giessen and in 1908 at Halle. He was a cofounder of Die Christliche Welt (1887); his initial work was in church history, especially historical liturgics. Together with F. Niebergall and O. Baumgarten, he championed reform of “impractical practical theology.” In his programmatic Das Problem der praktischen Theologie. Zugleich ein …

Piety (Pietas)

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[German Version] The term piety, from Lat. pietas, largely synonymous with Gk εὐσέβεια/ eusébeia, OHG and Gothic fruma, and modern Ger. Frömmigkeit stands on the borderline between ethics and religion. It denotes an obedient and respectful attitude toward a person or object, usually considered a positive trait. Today it is often reduced to a person’s attitude toward the departed. A shift of meaning is already visible in Latin: on the one hand, pietas denotes behavior in the interpersonal sphere, especially toward one’s parents (Cic. Partitiones oratoriae 78; De inventione 2.66); on the other, it denotes an appropriate attitude toward the gods (Cic. Nat. d. 1.116). The meaning of the term in antiquity finds expression in the fact that pietas could be personified and worshiped as a deity. In the Christian liturgy – against the background of the ruler cult in antiquity – the notion of God’s pietas gained acceptance. In the Middle Ages, pietas

Technical Colleges

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[German Version] Technical colleges ( Fachschulen) were established in German-speaking Euro…

Dedication of Children

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[German Version] The Synoptic Gospels explicitly report that Jesus blessed children (Mark 10:13– 16 parr.). Whether an early Christian practice lies behind this report is an open question (Hahn). Later, the pericope was naturally employed at the baptism of children (Baptism) and was also used for its theological legitimization (e.g. Luther in WA 17/II, 72–88; Calvin in CR 45, 534–536). Against the background of the theological critique of pedobaptism by K. Barth ( KD IV/4), recent pedagogical objections (Stuhlmann), and the emerging …

Le Seur, Paul

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[German Version] (Jul 18, 1877, Berlin – Mar 13, 1963, Potsdam). Following theological studies in Berlin, during which he developed a lifelong attachment to the CVJM (YMCA equivalent), and after short temporary employments as a private tutor and curate, Le Seur was appointed mission inspector of the Berlin City Mission by A. Stoecker in 1905 and later became his successor. It was in the course of these activities – which were only interrupted by a military chaplaincy in Brussel…

Statistics, Church

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
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Moral Statistics

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[German Version] refers to the scholarly discipline that uses statistical methods to ascertain the social contingency of moral and religiously relevant action. Having flourished in the second half of the 19th century, it soon declined in importance and occurs today, as a rule, only in the reduced form of criminal statistics. …

Parents

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[German Version] Parenthood denotes the common relationship of man and woman to their children, in which biological, social, and religious aspects need to be taken into account. Procreation by the two sexes has until now meant that everyone has a woman and a man as biological parents. Possible biotechnical intervention (clones) could change this in future, with as yet unforeseeable consequences. Human cultural determination means that the basic biological fact requires qualification. It is true th…

Consecration/Blessing

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[German Version] I. Theology – II. Church Law – III. Practical Theology I. Theology Consecration (Ger. Einsegnung) is a theologically vague term of liturgical (or more specifically benedictional) practice. It denotes the public ceremony, with laying-on of hands, that communicates God's blessing to certain individuals at special times in their lives. Without being clearly distinguished from other forms of blessing, consecration today denotes primarily the blessing of ¶ young people at confirmation and of other members of the congregation at the beginnin…

School and Church

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[German Version] The relationship between school and church reflects the relationship between church and state and current views in education or educational theory (Education, Theory of) and religion or theology – it is therefore subject to change and is subject to different regulations in different countries. In antiquity there were no schools for Christian children. The earliest emerged in monasteries, which – as the Prologus Regulae Benedicti (45) states – could be thought of as dominici scola servitii. Over time – initiated by the ¶ offering of children as oblates (I) – monastery schools appeared, in which adolescents were trained, initially for a mon…

Family Service

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[German Version] A family service in the narrower sense refers to a form of worship that generally replaces the normal Sunday morning church service (including children's church), is usually prepared and organized by a team, and focuses on special needs, problems, as well as on the hopes and joys of families.…

Halieutica

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Author(s): Grethlein, Christian
[German Version] Halieutica, derived from Mark 1:17 (Gk ἁλιεὺς ἀνϑρώπων/ halieús anthrṓpôn, “fisher of men”), was the term for a sub-discipline of practical theology in the 19th century. G.A.F. Sickel introduced it in 1829. Against the background of the loss of pastoral effectiveness, he wanted to establish a “science… that, with greater attention to the inner being of a person, would instruct young theologians in how one could win people for the Kingdom of God through preaching that followed the laws of …
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