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Friedrich Wilhelm Graf on Bonhoeffer's View of "Religionless Christianity"

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For more on this event, visit: http://bit.ly/PpUqoy For a full-length video of this event, visit: http://bit.ly/TKpYTL For more on the Berkley Center, visit: http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu October 26, 2012 | The role of religion in European society and politics is undergoing far-reaching changes. The growth of Muslim minorities and the decline of established churches have generated greater religious pluralism at a time when the role of religion in the public sphere is increasingly contested. At this lunchtime seminar, Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, a leading German Protestant theologian based at the University of Munich, discussed the contemporary religious situation in Germany and Europe and the challenges that lie ahead. The Berkley Center's José Casanova moderated the discussion. This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center and the German Research Foundation. Friedrich Wilhelm Graf is professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, as well as a permanent fellow at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study. He is also chairman of the Commission for Theological-Historical Research at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and president of the Ernst-Troeltsch-Society. A leading liberal Protestant theologian and a public intellectual in Germany, Professor Graf has published widely history of Protestant and Roman Catholic theology since the Enlightenment and on a range of contemporary social and ethical issues. In 1999, he won the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation, the highest honor awarded in German research. José Casanova is one of the world's top scholars in the sociology of religion. He is a professor at the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University, and heads the Berkley Center's Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular. He has published works in a broad range of subjects, including religion and globalization, migration and religious pluralism, transnational religions, and sociological theory. His best-known work, Public Religions in the Modern World (1994), has become a modern classic in the field and has been translated into five languages, including Arabic and Indonesian. In 2012, Casanova was awarded the Theology Prize from the Salzburger Hochschulwochen in recognition of life-long achievement in the field of theology.