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Systematische Theologie

General description

Systematic Theology is comprised of the subdisciplines of dogmatics, ethics and philosophy of religion.

  • Dogmatics offers a theoretical account of the fundamental elements of Christian faith, explaining them in reference to the history of ideas and a critique of the present.

  • Ethics reflects on matters concerning human actions. Theological ethics describes and examines models of a Christian way of life in relation to oneself and the world in public and private instances, in order to foster the ability to formulate an independent ethical stance.

  • Philosophy of Religion explains the theoretical and practical use of reason through epistemological critique and categorical analysis. Given its focus on religion, it is concerned with the foundational principles that shape religious consciousness.

  • As subdisciplines of systematic theology, dogmatics, ethics and philosophy reflect upon the inculcation of elements of Christian faith and life in religious (Christian) institutions (parishes, social welfare organizations, educational institutions) and other social and cultural areas of life.

Core courses

Lectures and seminars on the following topics:

Curriculum for dogmatics:

  • Doctrine of God, anthropology, doctrine of creation, Christology, ecclesiology, eschatology

Curriculum for ethics:

  • Doctrine of principles (action theory, norms theory), social ethics (institutions theory, cultural theory, area-specific ethics such as political ethics, economic and business ethics, environmental ethics), personal ethics (ethics of living)

Philosophy of religion:

  • Prolegomena to Dogmatics, theory of scientific knowledge (including hermeneutics), theory of religion, history of philosophy

Dogmas and the history of theology:

  • Classical authors of theology, classical topics in theology

The practice exercises for the seminar focus on the lecture topics.

Special topics courses

  • Research seminars on
  • Philosophy of religion in German idealism
  • Modern sociology of religion
  • Epistemology
  • Fundamental ethics
  • Interdisciplinary context for theology
  • Methods and propaedeutic courses


  • Idealism research
  • Theory of religion
  • History of philosophy and theory of modernity
  • Methodology of theology
  • Directory of institutions for Social Ethics
  • Project: "Der Geist der Zeiten in den reformatorischen Jubelfeiern. Gegenwartsdeutung in ausgewählten Universitätsreden aus Anlass der Feier von Reformationsjubiläen" (Spirit of the time in the Reformation jubilee celebrations: Perspectives on the present in select university speeches held at Reformation jubilees) at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Other important websites for systematic theology

WS 2016/17: Ring-Vorlesung "Geschlecht/Identität. Aktuelle Perspektiven im Gespräch von Theologie und Gender Studies"


Prof. Dr. Jörg Dierken

Prof. Dr. Dirk Evers

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Barth (em.)

Associate Professor

  • PD Dr. Björn Pecina

Research and Teaching Associates

Student Assistants

Prof. Dr. Jörg Dierken

  • Alexander Tiedemann
  • Annika Rimpler
  • Katja Bachmann
  • Jakob Simon

Prof. Dr. Dirk Evers:

  • Elisabeth Nebe
  • Tomke Hannemann

Former staff

Administrative assistant

Gabriele Handke

Tel.: 55 230 11 |

Adress and location

Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Faculty of Theology

Institute for Systematic Theology

Franckeplatz 1, Haus 30

06099 Halle Saale