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Kirchentag (German Protestant Church Congress)

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Author(s): Schroeter-Wittke, Harald
[German Version] Three institutions have been called Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag: 1. The Kirchentag of 1848–1872 emerged in reaction to the revolution of 1848. It was organized as an association ¶ of both lay people and church officials and voiced the need for national and ecclesiastical unity in the face of bourgeoning social problems and the decreasing role of the church. In the 1848 Kirchentag, J. Wichern delivered his famous speech on the establishment of the Inland Mission. This Kirchentag became increasingly a supporter of the monarchy. 2. The Kirchentag of 1919 or 192…

Lay Movement

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Author(s): Schumacher, Rolf | Schroeter-Wittke, Harald
[German Version] I. Catholicism – II. Protestantism I. Catholicism The Catholic lay movement is understood as the joint involvement of Catholic men and women in political, social, and cultural issues of the day, based on premises that have been worked out in discussion and dialogue. The beginnings of the organized Catholic lay movement in Germany came in the middle of the 19th century. In 1848 Franz Adam Lennig founded the first Piusverein für religiöse Freiheit (Pius Association for Religious Freedom,…

Language

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Author(s): Maier, Bernhard | Hennigfeld, Jochem | Tietz, Christiane | Schroeter-Wittke, Harald | Sørensen, Jørgen Skov | Et al.
[German Version] I. Linguistics and Religious Studies – II. Philosophy – III. Philosophy of Religion – IV. Fundamental Theology – V. Ethics – VI. Practical Theology – VII. Missiology – VIII. Liturgics I. Linguistics and Religious Studies 1. Linguistics As studied by linguistics (Philology), language is an inventory of audible signs combined ¶ according to specific rules to facilitate interpersonal communication. There is a general distinction between language as a transindividual system of signs ( langue) and its actualization by an individual speaker ( parole). Within …

Müller-Schwefe, Hans-Rudolf

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Author(s): Schroeter-Wittke, Harald
[German Version] (Oct 26, 1910, Punschrau near Bad Kösen – Apr 10, 1986, Hamburg) studied in Münster and Tübingen. In 1935 he became an assistant to K. Heim, from 1939 to 1945 army chaplain, in 1947 head of the Protestant academy in Hofgeismar (Academy: III), and from 1955 to 1975 professor of practical theology in Hamburg. In inter-¶ disciplinary theological dialogue and intercourse with the humanities, philosophy of language, and contemporary culture with its media, he developed his doctrine of proclamation, taking account of the changed status of pr…