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Inaugural-Lecture Of Privatdozent Dr. John G. Flett At Protestant University Wuppertal / Bethel

Inaugural-Lecture of Privatdozent Dr. John G. Flett at Protestant University Wuppertal / Bethel

On June 15th 2016 the Protestant University Wuppertal/Bethel hosted the inaugural lecture of its new "Privatdozent" (PD) Dr. John G. Flett. In 2015 Flett completed his "Habilitationsschrift," published under the title Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective (Missiological Engagements, IVP-Academic). This ground breaking work reads the question of structure and continuity through the lens of world Christianity. Flett currently teaches Mission Studies and Intercultural Theology at Pilgrim Theological College that forms part of the University of Divinity Melbourne (Australia). Flett's "Antrittsvorlesung" (inaugural lecture) examined two contemporary methods within mission studies: World Christianity and Intercultural Theology. In a word of greeting, the Vice-Rector, Prof. Dr. Henning Wrogemann, expressed the pride Protestant University Wuppertal/Bethel has in having PD Dr. John…

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Witchcraft, Demons And Deliverance

Witchcraft, Demons and Deliverance

Witchcraft, Demons and Deliverance: A Global Conversation on an Intercultural Challenge Claudia Währisch-Oblau, Henning Wrogemann (Eds.)  Reihe: Beiträge zur Missionswissenschaft / Interkulturellen Theologie Bd. 32, 2015, 328 S., 34.90 EUR, 34.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90657-1 Beliefs in witchcraft and demons still shape many societies and seem to be increasing rather than disappearing with modernization and urbanization. Witch hunts in Africa and Asia show the scope of the problem. The deliverance practices of Pentecostal and charismatic churches are widely controversial and their effects rather ambiguous. The contributions in this volume, written by experts and practitioners from four continents, analyze these phenomena from the perspectives of intercultural theology, anthropology and ethnology and describe the responses of Catholic and Protestant churches. Claudia Währisch-Oblau…

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Magic, Witchcraft, Demons and Deliverance

“Deliverance is possible, but it needs to be in line with the Bible”, so began Pentecostal pastor Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah. Onyinah is the Chairman of Church of Pentecost, which, with over a million members, is the largest Pentecostal church in Ghana. Here, as in many other places, are the themes of demon belief and exorcism or deliverance of daily relevance. And similar phenomenon can be observed in other continents. To examine this question, the conference Magic, Witchcraft, Demons and Deliverance. A Global Conversation on an Intercultural Challenge, which took place between 24.-26. October 2014 at the International Protestant Conference Center in Wuppertal, brought together sixty participants from more than 15 countries. Presenters included scientists of religion, missiologists, theologians, ethnologists and anthropologists along with practioners such as Ephorus Dr. Jaharianson Saragih from Indonesia.…

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Life And Survival In Eastern Congo

Life and Survival in Eastern Congo

"Jambo! My name is Thorben…" and in like manner did each theology student from Wuppertal introduce themselves to the cheers of about 1000 gathered Christians during the Sunday morning worship service held in the Baptist church of Virunga in the city of Goma, DRC. This was the first time that such a group of students had visited the region. Thorben was one of the participants of an intercultural study program carried out by the Institute for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (IITIS) from the Protestant University of Wuppertal/Bethel (KiHo) in cooperation with the United Evangelical Mission (UEM). During 24 February to 11 March 2014, a total of 10 students from Evangelical Church in the Rhineland (EKiR), the Evangelical Church of…

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Democratic Republic Of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

In February/March 2013, Prof. Wrogemann and Dr. John Flett visited the city of Goma in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  This has resulted in a working relationship between IITIS and the Université des Pays des Grand Lacs (ULPGL). In 2002, a volcanic eruption destroyed a large part of Goma. The same city – along with the whole region of North and South Kivu (and bordering provences) – has for decades suffered from war and the activities of rebel groups.    

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Cooperation and Program of Study

Cooperation IITIS cooperates with the United Protestant Mission and their partner educational institutions in Africa and Asia, especially with: Université Libre des Pays des Grand Lacs (ULPGL), Goma (DR Congo) Makumira Theological Seminary (Tanzania) Duta Wacana University (Indonesia, Java) Satya Wacana University (Indonesia, Java) Siliman University (Philippines) Sekolat Tingghi Theologia Siantar (Indonesia, Sumatra) Sekolah Tingghi Theologia Abdi Sabda, Medan (Indonesia, Sumatra) Program of Study In early 2014, IITIS plans an international and interdisciplinary program of study that will take place in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Participants will come from the Kirchliche Hochschule in Wuppertal, from partner institutions in Indonesia, and from Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In cooperation with the Université Libre des Pays des…

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Religious Minorities And Christian-Muslim Relations

Religious Minorities and Christian-Muslim Relations

On March 19th 2012, in cooperation with the Christian Study Center in Rawalpinidi, Pakistan, Prof Wrogemann conducted a seminar on the theme “Religious Minorities and Christian-Muslim Relations.” The director of the Christian Study Center, Dr Christine Amjad-Ali, organized this seminar, and the keynote lecture examined the topic of “Sharia Law and the development of reform Islam.” Many Muslim intellectuals and lecturers and students from the International Islamic University (Islamabad) were in attendance, along with representatives of Christian churches and organizations. The consequent discussion addressed the controversial issue of the current Pakistani penal legislation, and especially the matter of the so-called “blasphemy law.” With over 100 participants, it was a successful event, and one can expect that other similar event will…

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