Peace Theology and Ethics


Course Objective

The 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
the field.
- 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 Content

The 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 Methods

Lectures, Presentations, discussions, partly as "public lectures".

Method of Assessment

Participation in discussion (20%)
Final paper on a chosen research question (80%)


- An Ecumenical Call to Just Peace – Companion. Geneva: World Council of
Churches 2011.

- Fernando Enns. Ökumene und Frieden. Theologische Anstöße aus der
Friedenskirche. Theologische Anstöße Bd. 4. Neukirchen-Vluyn:
Neukirchener 2012.
- 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
Press 1997.
- John Paul Lederach. The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of
Building Peace. Oxford ( University Press 2005.
- John Paul Lederach. The Little Book of Conflict Transformation. Good
Books, 2003.

Target Audience

This 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,
Trauma, Religion".

General Information

Course Code G_DSPTHAE
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Religion and Theology
Course Coordinator prof. dr. F. Enns
Examiner prof. dr. F. Enns
Teaching Staff prof. dr. F. Enns
drs. F.Y. van Hulst

Practical Information

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Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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