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Michael   Welker

Michael Welker

Senior Professor at the University of Heidelberg and Director of the Research Center International and Interdisciplinary Theology

Areas of Expertise

Systematic Theology; Process Philosophy; Biblical Theology; Theology in Dialogue with Natural Sciences; Legal Theology

    Welker is a world-renowned Protestant theologian who works through biblical traditions and philosophical and sociological theories to address central theological topics and questions of contemporary culture. He focuses on the interplay among religious, legal, moral, scientific, and other cultural codes that shape the ethos of the postmodern world.

    He is Honorary Professor at Seoul Theological University, a member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and Corresponding Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. He has published some 350 articles in academic journals and books. He is author or editor of more than 50 books, including, God the Spirit (1994), God the Revealed: Christology (2012), Creation and Reality (1999), and What Happens in Holy Communion? (2000). His books have been translated into many languages.

    He has lectured in countries including the United States, Hungary, Korea, China, and South Africa. He has organized many projects of international and interdisciplinary cooperation, including research projects extended over several years and publications concerning the dialog between theology and the sciences.

    An ordained minister of the Protestant church of the Palatinate, he holds doctorates in systematic theology and process philosophy.