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Prof. Dr. Klaus von Stosch

Prof. Dr. Klaus von Stosch

Institut für Katholische Theologie > Systematische Theologie


+49 5251 60-2362
Office hours:

in summer semester 2019:

Wednesdays, 15.00-16.00

during the semester break:

17.7. from 15:30
13.8. from 14:00
9.9. from 13:00
9.10. from 12:00


Pohlweg 55
33098 Paderborn


Curriculum Vitae

1. Areas of Specialization

Comparative Theology, Comparative Theology and Islam, Faith and Reason, Theodicy, Intercultural Christology

2. Educational Data

1991-1993 Study of Catholic Theology and History at the University of Bonn
1993/1994 Study of Catholic Theology and Philosophy at the University of Fribourg/ Switzerland
1994-1997  Study of Catholic Theology, Philosophy and political economics at the University of Bonn (scholarship student German National Academic Foundation)
1997  Degree in Catholic Theology
1997-2001 Doctoral Studies Catholic Theology at the University of Bonn
2001 Ph.D. in Catholic Theology (Dogmatic Theology)
July 2005Habilitation (Fundamental Theology)

3. Teaching/ Professional/ Honories

1998-2001Research Fellow – Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion – University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Höhn)
2001-2007Scientific Assistent – Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion – University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Höhn)
2001First Place at the contest of the Research Institute for Philosophy – Hannover; Prize question: "What are religious beliefs?"
2001-2005Besides the habilitation project, working in the field of Intercultural Christology, Faith and Reason, Comparative and Intercultural Theology and Theology of Religion
2005-2008Privatdozent University of Münster
Marc 2006,
Dec. 2009,
Nov. 2010,
Jan. 2012
& Jan. 2013
visiting professorship at the theological academic year in Jerusalem (DAAD)
2007-2008Member and Spokesperson for the young scholars at the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts
September 2007Heisenberg Scholarship for the following projects: Comparative Theology, Intercultural Christology and Revelation in Islam
2007/2008 Professor for Systematic Theology – University of Cologne
Since 2008 Professor for Catholic Theology (Systematic Theology) – University of Paderborn
January-March 2009Research Stay at the Center for the Study of World Religions (Harvard Divinity School)
September 2009Research Price University of Paderborn for the project „Islam in Germany – Interculturality and interreligious discourse in literature“ (together with Prof. Dr. Michael Hofmann)
Since November 2009Chairman of the Center for Comparative Theology and Cultural Studies (University of Paderborn)
September 2011Research Stay at the  "University of Religions and Denominations" in Qom/ Iran
August-Dezember 2016Research Stay at the Georgetown University

4. Memberships

Member of „Wissenschaftlichen Beirat der Internationalen Bonhoeffer-Gesellschaft (ibg) Sektion Bundesrepublik Deutschland“, of "Johann-Adam-Möhler-Instituts für Ökumenik", of "Zentrum Theologie Interkulturell und Studium der Religionen" in Salzburg and of the journal Religious Inquiries in Qom.
Member of the American Academy of Religion and of the European Society for Catholic Theology, of the Society of German systematic theologians, of the German society of philosophy of religion and of the Editorial Board of Religious Inquiries.
Member of the Centre for Comparative Theology and Cultural Studies at the university of Paderborn
Supervised dissertations and habilitations

Finished dissertations:

  • Tuba Isik, Systematic and Historical Reflections on the Meaning of the Prophet Muḥammad for Religious Education. Subject: Comparative Theology, finished 2013.
  • Muna Tatari, God and men in relation to the tension between justice and mercy: an attempt of positioning. Subject: Comparative Theology, finished 2013.
  • Aaron Langenfeld, Absurdness in the World. Soteriology in Christian-Muslim Dialogue. Finished 2015.

Supervised dissertations:

  • Freedom of the Will. According to Karl Rahner and Thomas Pröpper in contemporary Catholicism and Mohammad Hossein Tabatabaee in contemporary Shiism. (Mohammad Ebrahim Alizadeh)
  • Syrian Christology in the 6th and 7th century. (Martina Aras)
  • Philosophical theology according to Mulla Şadra and Karl Rahner. (Mojtaba Beidaghi)
  • Jesus in Christianity and Islam. A christological study from the perspective of Muslim-Christian dialogue. (Cornelia Dockter)
  • Pastoral care and the conception of human being in Islam. Studies in dialogue with Christian concepts. (Anna-Maria Fischer)
  • Is God beautiful? The aesthetical way of revelation in Islam and Christianity. (Cordula Heupts)
  • Thinking God as love. Approaches to Theology of Trinity from the perspective of Muslim-Christian dialogue. (Katharina Lammers)
  • Theology of original sin. An approach in Christian-Muslim dialogue. (Melina Lohmann)
  • Theology of Violence - an exegetical comparison between violence and Qur´an. (Hamideh Mohagheghi)
  • Foundations of the ethics in Islamic Economics – From Ghazali to Kant to Habermas. (Idris Nassery)
  • Theology of conversion. A contribution to the discussion of a Shia theology of religions in dialogue with late Wittgenstein. (Eshagh Rahnama)
  • Textual hermeneutics between the poles of critizising idolatry and tolerating ambiguity. (Milina Reichardt-Hahn)
  • "Love and teh void" a comparative studie in Buddhism and Christianity. (Daniel Rumel)
  • The Christology of Karl Rahner in dialogue with Jesus in the Qur'an in the Shiite interpretation. (Christine Schlichtig)
  • Framing an Islamic Anthropology: A dispute between Ibn Miskawayh's "Tahḏībul Aḫlāq" and Albert Camus' Philosophy. (Ufuk Topkara)
  • Divine accompaniment in Alevi faith. (Aynur Tur)
  • Discourse and Deconstruction - Searching Criteria for interreligious Justification. (Anne Weber)
  • The good God and the Problem of Evil - Theodicy in Islam and Christianity. (Lukas Wiesenhütter)
  • Unrelenting guilt? Concerning the right for remission. (Maria Elisabeth Wirth)

Supervised habilitations:

  • Fusing Horizons - Opening Horizons. A Methodological Exploration of the Interreligious Space. (Dr. Darius Asghar-Zadeh)
  • Sinlessness or Impeccability? The Interpretation of the Temptations of Jesus in Mono- and Dyothelete Christologies. (Dr. Johannes Grössl)
  • The reality of the spirit. Towards a philosophical understanding of a contemporary pneumatology. (Aaron Langenfeld)

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