‘We are living in an hour of dialogue and will survive only if the mounting confrontations can be overcome through a culture of understanding.’
Established in 2002, working from a Christian view of the world and values, the independent, non-profit Eugen Biser Foundation focuses on all areas of human existence, with the aim of promoting dialogue for the future development of Christianity and on behalf of understanding with other world religions, worldviews and cultures.
With this in mind, the Foundation is dedicated to work in two areas:
a) the ‘Future of Christianity’ from a theological and social point of view and
b) ‘Dialogue from a Christian Origin’ with other world religions, worldviews and cultures.
On a) Eugen Biser’s ‘Theology of the Future’ provides an interpretation of the Christian faith that characterises our culture that can reinvigorate this faith as an inspiration for coming to terms with the problems of our age. Eugen Biser’s high level of sensitivity to the problems currently facing the church and the world makes him a pioneering and, in the best sense of the term, a modern thinker whose visionary and innovative force extends far beyond the Christian sphere and is thus fundamentally important to society and mankind. This is why the Eugen Biser Foundation is dedicated to the preservation, development, continuation and dissemination of his theological and philosophical work, as presented in the bibliography of his works. Like its namesake, the Foundation is dedicated to the future of Christianity; it conveys the basic values of Christianity and provides stimulus through series of events, conferences, symposia, television broadcasts and individual events, as well as through a broad array of publications.
On b) In the interreligious and intercultural dialogue that the Eugen Biser Foundation conducts ‘from a Christian Origin’, given the major societal importance involved, the Foundation is currently devoting its efforts to promoting understanding between Christians and Muslims. Its priority projects currently involve the dissemination of this ‘Dictionary of Encounter: Basic Terms in Christianity and Islam’, and its practical application; the development of a manual for Christian-Muslim coexistence; and the conduct of scholarly symposia, conferences of experts; Christian-Islamic summer schools; and publications on questions of fundamental importance in matters of social and religious policy in Christianity and Islam.
To finance its projects, the Foundation – whose capital is still being built up – relies on donations and subsidies.
The Honorary Chairs of the Board of Trustees, of the Executive Committee and of the Advisory Board of the Eugen Biser Foundation are: Prof. Dr. Martin Thurner, Marianne Köster and Dr. Günther Beckstein.
Recipients of the Eugen Biser Award include Professor Dr. theol. Dr. theol. h. c. Ferdinand Hahn, S. E. Professor Dr. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Karl Cardinal Lehmann, Bishop of Mainz and former Chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, H. R. H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Dr. Mustafa Cerić, former Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sheikh Habib Ali Zain al-Abideen al-Jifri, United Arab Emirates, Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag and Dr. h.c. Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria.
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