On Thinking God:  

 A Conversation with Menachem Lorberbaum 

April 27–28, 2023, Catholic Academy of Berlin

Image from the Book ”Politics and the Limits of Halacha” – Cover designed by Jacques Levy.

On Thinking God: A Conversation with Menachem Lorberbaum

April 27–28, 2023

We find our republics undergoing tectonic quakes rendering the very fabric of our civil  societies. Social life is premised upon a basic trust and the exploitation of political divides leading to parliamentary paralysis has spread beyond those republics like the US and Israel in which indicted persons have cultivated the politics of resentment.
In terms of our conference it is particularly disturbing to see the role played by prima facia religiously communities in promoting racist agendas. The rift between religious seriousness and moral commitment is shaping a new generation and it demands the reflection of morally committed theologians. Theology critiques idolatrous claims to power, it proposes vision, but these are premised on the capacity to understand religious pathologies.  


Prof. Nitzan Lebovic, Lehigh University
Dr. Stephan Steiner, Katholische Akademie Berlin

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

2:00 pm Welcome reception

2:30 pm
Joint reading session: §1 Beyond Mysticism
Comments: Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin Breul (Dortmund) & Dr. Omer Michaelis (Tel Aviv University)
4:00 pm Coffee break

4:30 pm
Joint reading session: §2 Rethinking the Medieval Theological Turn
Comments: Prof. Dr. Holger Zaborowski (Erfurt) & Prof. Dr. Elad Lapidot (Lille)

6:00 pm Public evening lecture: 
Prof. Menachem Lorberbaum (Tel Aviv University): Tottering Democracies and the Precariousness of Religious Commitment
Comments: Prof. Dr. Monika Wohlrab-Sahr (Leipzig) & Prof. Nitzan Lebovic (Lehigh University)
8:00 pm Joint dinner for the workshop participants

Friday, April 28, 2023

9:15 am
Joint reading session: §3 A Theological Critique of the Political
Comments: Prof. Dr. Oliver Hidalgo (Münster) & Prof. Dr. Felix Körner SJ (Berlin)
10:45 am Coffee break

11:15 am
Joint reading session: §4 A Theological Critique of Sovereignty
Comments: Prof. Dr. Annette Langner-Pitschmann (Frankfurt/M.) & Prof. Arie Dubnov (George Washington University)

12:45 am Closing remarks 

1:15 pm Lunch & farewell

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