Samstag, 22.09.2018

Impulse - Wahrnehmungen - Verköstigungen. Ein interreligiöses Projekt: Naturschutz als Band der Religionen

Sa 22.09.2018 // 16 – 19 Uhr // Workshop // Kapuziner Klostergarten Münster

Freitag, 29.06.2018

Ethik des Lebendigen - Vom Umgang mit Nutztieren

Fr 29.06.2018 // 18 Uhr // bis So 01.07.2018 // ca 14 Uhr // Tagung // Kloster Stift zum Heiligengrabe // Heiligengrabe

Samstag, 10.03.2018

Impulse - Wahrnehmungen - Verköstigungen. Ein interdisziplinäres Projekt: Die Synergie aus Ökologie und Spiritualität

Sa 10.03.2018 // 16 - 19:30 Uhr // Workshop // Kapuziner Klostergarten Münster

Mittwoch, 06.12.2017

Die Würde der Tiere - Vortrag und Symposium

Mi 06.12.2017 // 9 - 17 Uhr // Vortrag im Rahmen des Symposiums „Kulturlandschaft im Wandel – biodivers oder artenarm?" // LVR-Freilichtmuseum Lindlar

Freitag, 15.09.2017

Was die Natur uns predigt - BeSINNungstage InNatura

Fr 15.09.2017 // 16:00 Uhr bis So 17.09.2017 // 14:00 Uhr // Schnupperwochenende im Haus Mariengrund // Münster

Samstag, 09.09.2017

Impulse - Wahrnehmungen - Verköstigungen. Ein ökumenisches Projekt: Für eine ökologische Reformation.

09.09.2017 // 16 - 18 Uhr // Workshop // Kapuzinerklostergarten Münster



The Institute of Theological Zoology has got the aim to focus on the relationship between man and animal as the centre of theology and to see this relationship as the central point of spirituality in accordance with Creation. The intention of the institute is to increase the awareness for this issue in the Church and in the general public.

Our logo is taken from a medieval copperplate print and shows Hieronymus with a lion. The great translator of the Holy Scripture into Latin is an idol for us because, on the one hand, he tries to apply the statements of the Bible to everyday life and, on the other hand, he tries to transfer the insights of behavioural and evolutionary biology to theology. 

The Project of Theological Zoology

Through the theological appreciation of the dignity of animals and the project of “Theological Zoology” new approaches to essential issues and concerns can be gained in Christian theology, but also in a broader sense.

We want to achieve the long overdue dissociation of the anthropocentricm which sees man as the ‘crown of creation’ and the only ensouled creature, a perception which is not in accordance with the Bible. We want to achieve this aim by entering into a dialogue with natural sciences and above all with their paradigm of evolution.

With the help of a dialogue based on creation theology we want to achieve an anthropology which does not advocate that man just suddenly appeared, but we want to achieve a deeper reflection of the undeniable affinity between man and animal.

We want to focus on sensitive ecological and political issues such as intensive livestock farming, the excessive consumption of meat, the destruction of complete ecosystems, and the impoverishment of the so-called Third World.

We want to achieve a lively spirituality based on Creation, which contrasts with the false religiousness which mainly upholds the old-fashioned dogmatic theology.

We advocate the religious education and catechesis which takes the relationship with nature for granted and refers to the child’s innate interest in animals. This conception admits a spirituality which is helpful in everyday life and is meaningful for the individual.