DAAD Regional Office Cairo
Tuesday, 21. November 2023, 18:00-21:00
“Environmental Ethics in Christian-Muslim Dialogue”
This lecture is the third lecture in the Environmental Cluster in the scope of the “OIB-COSIMENA Research Colloquium on New Islamic Ethics in the Present and the Future”. The Colloquium is a series of intercultural and interreligious lectures in Cooperation with the Orient Institut Beirut (OIB) on Gender Ethics, Environmental Ethics and Biomedical Ethics.
The lecture will deal with the following perspective:
The presentation will take as a starting point the ethical methodology of Alfons Auer. He was a Catholic theologian (1915–2005) who influentially advocated for an approach in theological ethics which takes as its starting points not specific religious motives and concepts. Rather, he suggested starting from philosophical and interdisciplinary ethics and then reintegrating ethical norms, values and insights into a theological context. He also was a pioneer in Christian environmental ethics: Already in 1984, he brought this framework to fruition in a monograph on the then current ecological discussions on the scarcity, exploitation and pollution of natural resources, the limits and ecological transformations of economic growth, and socio-economic inequalities. The talk will outline outcomes and implications for the current debate on interdisciplinary and interreligious ethics. It will survey recent Christian contributions on environmental issues, and trace topics, connecting lines and mutual stimuli from the emergent field of Islamic Environmental Ethics among German Muslim Theologians, and from recently ensuing interreligious cooperation in Theology and civic engagement in the German context.
The event is organized in cooperation with the Orient Institut Beirut (OIB) within the framework of the DAAD project “Clusters of Scientific Innovation in the Middle East and North Africa” (COSIMENA), which is a platform that aims to strengthen and initiate scientific cooperation and networks between researchers and universities in Germany and the MENA region. As a result, existing cooperation is made visible and potential synergies are initiated.
Dr. Christian Ströbele has directed the Interreligious Dialogue
Department at the Academy of the Diocese of Rottenburg-
Stuttgart since 2015, including the coordination of the
Theological Forum Christianity – Islam. He has co-edited the
forum proceedings since then and published his PhD at the
University of Tübingen (2015) on Religious Language and
Negative Theology in Nicholas of Cusa. Currently, he is also a
lecturer at Mainz CUAS. He is a member of the board of trustees of
the “College of Islam Germany (Islamkolleg Deutschland)” and of
the “Christian-Muslim Discussion Group” of the Central
Committee of German Catholics.