Event: Aquinas Lecture: Philosophy, religion and politics facing new challenges
Date: Tuesday 16 March 2021
Venue: Online (Zoom)
On 16 March 2021, the Faculty of Theology in collaboration with the Għaqda Studenti tat-Teoloġija will be holding the annual Lecture in honour of St Thomas Aquinas.
Prof. Dr Karlheinz Ruhstorfer from the University of Freiburg will deliver a lecture titled ‘Identity reloaded: Philosophy, religion and politics facing new challenges’.
Attendance to the online event is free. Gain online access.
We stand at a certain epochal threshold. The old is coming to an end and the new is beginning at a dramatic rate. It is therefore crucial to rethink the identities that unite us and that determine who we are. This is only possible if we do not fall behind the achievements and insights of our history. The theological, philosophical, cultural and political identities, which have grown out of our past, must not become a criterion of exclusion for the others. We owe each other recognition and respect. The greater the differences between “us” and “the others” seem to be, the greater the identity that precedes all differences must be thought of. We need a global identity that allows us to preserve and live our specificities. We need a concept of God that challenges us to fight for the dignity of all people. And we need an identity that knows where we come from, an identity that can therefore lead us confidently into the future.
Professor Dr Karlheinz Ruhstorfer was born on 9 May 1963 in Simbach am Inn, Bavaria. Between 2006 and 2013, he was Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Landau. From 2013 to 2017 he was Professor at the University of Dresden. Since 2017, Prof. Ruhstorfer holds the chair of dogmatics at the University of Freiburg. He is chairman of the German Section of the European Society for Catholic Theology and since 2019, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Theology in Freiburg. Prof. Ruhstorfer is married and father to three children.