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Anna-Maria Müller

Pastoral Theology
PhD Student with Junior Fellow Bernhard Spielberg


Since 2015 PhD Candidate at FRIAS: Project „Global Transformations of Catholicism“, Theological Consultant at Institute of Pastoral Education (Department priests)

2010 – 2015 Study of Catholic Theology at the University of Würzburg, Master’s Thesis: “How Christianity is found in losing itself. Determining the essence of being catholic by selected examples” (Pastoral Theology)



Over the past centuries, catholic theology has changed over time and has developed significantly. What had been heretical, became orthodox. False convictions were revised, opinions and it’s views have changed. Even the understanding of God has initially developed through vehement controversies over the centuries. The church’s history with its traditions and its doctrine is neither linear nor consistent. History does not take place detached from time and space, but rather occurs among several cultural and temporal contexts. Following this, the learning process of church takes place not only diachronic, but also synchronous. But how do this learning processes take place? How does advancement of knowledge work? In other words: How does church learn? This is the question which Anna-Maria Müller is currently working on. Therefore, she analyses the Indian concepts of God. They differ from the Western concept of God through their polytheism and cultural influence. According to that, church has learned from its environment and reached an increase of knowledge.

Based on field studies and researches, this learning processes will be elaborated. Subsequently, these paradigms will be discussed on a global level. As an expansion of the topic, there will also be an elaboration of the professional progress and adjustment process of business enterprises. These could also be relevant for the church. As a conclusion of the research, there will be a well-developed vision of how church can learn diachronic as well as synchronous in the future and how it can develop, since “[the] tradition which comes from the Apostles develop in the Church with the help of the Holy Spirit. […] For as the centuries succeed one another, the Church constantly moves forward toward the fullness of divine truth until the words of God reach their complete fulfillment in her.” (Cf. DV 8)