Michael von Brück is a prominent German theologian and professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. He studied Protestant theology, linguistics and Sanskrit in Germany in the 1970s before moving to India to explore Buddhism. He has since returned to Germany but remains a certified yoga teacher.
Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries.
John Milbank is Research Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics at the University of Nottingham, Director of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy and Chairman of the Respublica Thinktank. His most recent book is Beyond Secular Order: the Representation of Being and the Representation of the People.
Detlef Pollack teaches sociology of religion at the Wilhelms University Münster (Germany), where he directs the research group on religion and society. He is the author of the book “Modernity and Religion”.
Gulay Turkmen-Dervisoglu is a Sociology PhD candidate at Yale University. Her research interests include sociology of religion, comparative-historical sociology, nations/nationalism and cultural trauma and collective memory in the context of national identity formation.
A single house of worship for a common God? In the capital of atheism? Berlin proves that its ambitious projects extend well beyond new airports and hosting the Olympics.
Instead of following the Church into irrelevance, we should embrace a secular celebration of culture and the arts.
Atheists celebrate scientific rationality. But even the most thorough experiment cannot resolve all mysteries about human existence.
Atheism can’t and won’t replace religious rituals. But that’s not what most atheists want anyway.