The problem-oriented phenomenology of religion sees itself as a spiritual science that deals with the various manifestations and aspects of religion in an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural manner and tries, focusing primarily on the basic problems. At the center of research interest therefore are the answer attempts by the world's religions to those basic questions that have troubled mankind since time immemorial: questions about the relationship between God and man, sacred and profane, finite and infinite, fate and freedom, salvation and damnation, order and chaos , good and evil, and in particular the question of the meaning, and the sense of exploring the world of religions.
Within an intercultural religious studies will be seen that not only the response tests on the remaining fundamental religious questions, but already the question ways differ significantly, which is now promoted for a successful "Dialogue of Religions" necessary Pluralityand tolerance capability. Against the background of confrontation with the very different human and worldviews to the problem-oriented phenomenology of religion involved in the sense of applied, dedicated religious studies with cross-cultural contributions to the current discussions about religion and the sacred, which mostly take place still in a Euro-centric thinking framework. In the application-oriented teaching of basic knowledge about the fascinating, diverse world of religions a committed religious studies sees its main task in the current context of the encounter of religions. For this new direction of religious studies research of the religious phenomenon is not an end in itself, but it can serve the deeper understanding of tourism and better cross-cultural understanding in that they of the religions inherent peace and potential for violence, and thus to the opportunities and threats makes religious consciousness attention.
The world of religions is both local and trans-national and has an extremely varied history. Religions influence cultures, identities and lifestyles and often have a say in politics. Religious Studies is a key way of exploring such correlations. It is a discipline that takes an inter-cultural approach to understand the religious phenomena in history and today in a methodologically precise and coherent way. The programme aims to understand general historical and cultural correlations and approaches that enable us to perceive the idiosyncratic nature of religious phenomena. The focus in Frankfurt is on the various methods of empirical cultural studies as well as on working with a hermeneutic approach to religious phenomenology that explores subjective, internal perspectives of religion.
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