Course ObjectiveThe student:
- can name the different dimensions and the theological foundation of
Peace-Theology and -Ethics from a broad ecumenical (and inter-religious)
perspective: The role of Peace and Justice within the Christian
tradition will be tested as well as the (historical and political)
obstacles and challenges to (Christian) Ethics.
- Through this knowledge
the student will be able to contribute to the ongoing discussion in the
field of theological ethics.
- can analyse ethical and theological questions arising from
today´s political and societal challenges to conflict resolution – in
manyfold dimensions: Non-violent approaches to civil conflict
management, “good practices”, as well as new trends in peace-theology
will be explored by the students.
- will transfer this knowledge to new or unknown circumstances of
different contexts in order to test the potential of different models.
- will integrate the knowledge and cope with the political, societal,
and ethical complexities of each given context by comparing case
- formulates judgments on the basis of the given information, taking
account the societal and ethical responsibilities involved.
- communicates conclusions growing out of the knowledge, motives and
arguments in a clear manner to the other participants of the class as
well as writing a small article for the public on a specific topic of
- analyses the ethical “dilemmas” and develops the ability to argue for
and against different ethical approaches and their respective
implications by writing a paper at the end of the course.
- will be able to perform independent and autonomous follow-up
Course ContentThe ongoing ecumenical debate on “Just Peace” will be presented and
discussed. This includes a theological understanding and different
approaches to peace as well as different models of justice (retributive
vs. restorative and transitional justice), based on biblical texts.
From this different “testing fields” will be approached: The
“Responsibility to Protect”, “Just Policing”, conflict transformation
and reconciliation models.
Teaching MethodsLectures, Presentations, discussions, partly as "public lectures".
Method of AssessmentParticipation in discussion (20%)
Final paper on a chosen research question (80%)
- An Ecumenical Call to Just Peace – Companion. Geneva: World Council of
- Fernando Enns. Ökumene und Frieden. Theologische Anstöße aus der
Friedenskirche. Theologische Anstöße Bd. 4. Neukirchen-Vluyn:
- Duane K. Friesen and Gerald W. Schlabach (eds.). At Peace and
Unafraid. Public Order, Security, and the Wisdom of the Cross.
Scottdale/PA: Herald Press 2005.
- John Paul Lederach. Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in
Divided Societies. Washington D.C.: United States Institute of Peace
- John Paul Lederach. The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of
Building Peace. Oxford (et.al.): University Press 2005.
- John Paul Lederach. The Little Book of Conflict Transformation. Good
Target AudienceThis module is part of the three-year Master, and can be chosen as an
elective in the one-year Master, espially in the specialization "Peace,
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Religion and Theology|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. F. Enns|
|Examiner||prof. dr. F. Enns|
prof. dr. F. Enns
drs. F.Y. van Hulst
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