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Neuenschwander, Ulrich

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Author(s): Zager, Werner
[German Version] (Jul 4, 1922, Bolligen near Bern –Jun 26, 1977, Zollikofen near Bern), pastor in Urtenen (1949–1954) and Olten (1954–1965), and professor of systematic theology in Bern from 1967 onward. Strongly influenced by M. Werner, A. Schweitzer, and P. Tillich, Neuenschwander represented a new liberal theology that emphasized the dimension of the unfathomable in accordance with the biblical conception of existence. Neuenschwander brought Schweitzer’s theological and philosophical legacy to fruition and initiated the publication of the latter’s unpublished works in Wer…

Divine Judgment

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Author(s): Hjelde, Sigurd | Janowski, Bernd | Necker, Gerold | Zager, Werner | Stock, Konrad
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. Early Judaism – IV. New Testament – V. Dogmatics I. Religious Studies 1. The judgment discussed here is not in response to a specific transgression or lapse on the part of an individual; it is a judgment upon his or her entire life, taking place only after death and determining the fate of the ¶ deceased in the next world. Because this notion implies the idea of a just recompense, it has the quality and function of a theodicy that seeks…

End of the World

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Author(s): Winter, Franz | Zager, Werner | Zachhuber, Johannes | Evers, Dirk
[German Version] I. History of Religions – II. Bible I. History of Religions The (potentially) imminent end of the world is taken up in many religious traditions, as is evident from the ¶ many graphic accounts of it. The term end of the world refers primarily to cosmological (“physical”) eschatology, as distinct from individual and collective eschatology (i.e. from the idea of a judgment of all or of each person individually).…