De eigen vraaghorizon van Theologie en Godsdienstwetenschappen | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 63, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268


This article argues that theology and religious studies are both fully-fledged academic disciplines and that they are distinct with respect to their specific ‘horizon of questioning’. Thus neither should theology be taken up with religious studies, nor should religious studies be absorbed by theology. Following I.U. Dalferth, the author argues that the ‘horizon of questioning’ of religious studies concerns a theoretical description of religious phenomena, whereas theology is practically oriented, thus seeing the human life and presupposing faith in theological understanding (). Moreover, theology as an academic discipline does not require a ‘hard’ version of methodological agnosticism.


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