Sven Thore Kloster
Text and Tradition: A critical study of interpretations of historical continuity in a contemporary Protestant theology
The overall research question of the project is "how can the relation between historical continuity and change be interpreted and conceptualized within contemporary Lutheranism?" Theologically speaking, this question concerns interpretations of apostolicity. Hermeneutically speaking, it concerns topics such as authority, tradition and textual interpretation. The project explores constructions of history and tradition in the theologies of Gerhard Ebeling (Hermeneutical) and Kathryn Tanner (Postmodern) and subsequently brings these interpretations into dialogue with Michel Foucault's critical thinking and Aleida Assmann's concept of cultural memory. Thus, in a wider sense, the project also elaborates on theological judgement and methodology from the perspective of the relation between theology and contemporary intellectual thinking.
Professor Marius Mjaaland, The faculty of theology.
Research fellow at The faculty of theology.