Dr Ruth Gornandt


After my studies in theology and Romance languages and literatures I worked as a lecturer for Lutheran monasteries (art history, architecture, history of monastic life, theology, pedagogics) and a Grammar school teacher (RE and English). For my doctoral thesis I studied the rejection of metaphysics in Protestant theologians of the 19th and 20th centuries (A. Ritschl, W. Herrmann, R. Bultmann, G. Ebeling; supervisor: J. Zachhuber, advisor: Notger Slenczka, Berlin).

Currently I am a Marie Curie research fellow. My work is placed at the intersection of theology and science, particularly the Cognitive Science of Religion (CSR). My work attempts to understand what impact the scientific research into the origins and causes of religion in the human mind may have on theological and philosophical topics. A strong tool to process the challenges and questions triggered by contemporary issues is, in my view, the method of ressourcement – the return to classical Christian sources which was developed by the Nouvelle théologie in France and later taken up by the movement of Radical Orthodoxy in Britain. Part of my sources are taken from Armenian theology because of its significant combination of rationalism and mysticism (Gregory of Narek, Gregory of Tatev, Nerses Shnorhali).

Research Area/s: 

Historical and Systematic Theology, Science and Religion

Research Interests:

Theology and science (esp. CSR), Theology and metaphysics, Natural theology, Armenian theology, Monasticism (esp. in the Lutheran churches), Modern theology (esp. German Protestant theology in the 20th century).



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