• The Herostratos Syndrome Prof. Dr. Th. Hausmanninger (Christliche Sozialethik)
    The modern „Western“ societies are intensively mediatised societies, one of their central and at the same time scarce resources being attention. The allocation of attention plays a significant role in the implementation of political aims and any concerns in a wider sense. On the other hand, it has gained considerable importance in view of personal and group-specific identity within the context of an increasing interpenetration of the public and private life. The project for the first time deals with both aspects examining their similarities in order to use the outcome for a theory of the mediatised society. An emphasis will be placed on political attention-raising strategies such as terror and non-violent strategies such as talk shows, internet presentations, etc.

  • Corporate Identity. Strategic and ethical perspectives Prof. Dr. Th. Hausmanninger (Christliche Sozialethik)
    Corporate Identity is a major factor in company management and company communication. However, little consideration has been given to its importance attached to inner-company communication and staff loyalty. Neither have ethical aspects been discussed. This dissertation therefore focuses on these two aspects and intends to prepare a systematic view of CR.

  • The Shepherd Motif in Ezekiel 34 and Its Theological Import Ignatius Obinwa (Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft)
    There is no doubt that the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel has received a lot of attention from biblical scholars, the 34th chapter of it not excluded. One wonders then why it is being given a special attention in this study. The reason is that most of the earlier studies on the chapter have emphasised the exegetical aspect of it, without paying enough attention to the theological import such that those who read the commentaries tend to think that it has got to do with the Israelites alone. For instance, many rulers in the world do not know that they are answerable to God, besides their parties. But a more balanced study of the chapter would reveal that it is relevant for all, both rich and poor, rulers and the ruled. The following theological truths found in the chapter should not be glided over: a. YHWH is Lord over the whole created order. b. Rulers and kings are YHWH’s viceroys and so must be careful. c. YHWH has active interest in the universe (not deus absconditus). d. YHWH hates injustice and highhandedness of all sorts. e. There is no true peace but from YHWH. By way of introduction, the study takes a brief look at the person of Ezekiel and his prophecy in general, establishing the place of chapter 34 in it all. It then moves on to the textual criticism and structural analysis of the chapter. An examination of the concept of shepherd in the OT, Ancient Near East and in the NT follows. The detailed exegesis of the individual verses of the chapter is then taken up, ending with the discussion of the theological import of the shepherd motif in the chapter.