Montag, 05.10.2020

Kevelaerer Gespräche: "Der letzte Zweck der anderen Geschöpfe sind nicht wir." (Enzyklika Laudato Si 83)

Mo 05.10.2020 // 18:00 Uhr // Vortrag und Diskussion // Kevelaer

Montag, 28.09.2020

Wie hältst Du's mit dem Tier?

ab Mo 28.09.2020 // 19:30 Uhr // 9 Termine // Ein Streifzug durch die Bibel, ihre Umwelt und Wirkungsgeschichte // Kleve

Freitag, 11.09.2020

Auf dem Weg zu einer Grünen Reformation - Unterwegs mit Lamas

Fr 11.- Sa 12.09.2020 // Vorträge und Lamawanderung // Haus Bittenhalde, Meßstätten-Tieringen

Sonntag, 15.03.2020

Tiere - unsere vergessenen Gefährten

So 15.03.2020 // 19:30 - 21:00 Uhr // Gesprächsabend // Köln

Montag, 10.02.2020

Nachmittagsakademie unterwegs - Pilgerspaziergang mit Lamas

Mo 10.02.2020 // 14 - 17 Uhr // Pilgerspaziergang mit Lamas // Frickenhausen-Linsenhofen

Donnerstag, 06.02.2020

Himmelsstreifen - Butenland: Film und Gespräch

Do 06.02.2020 // 18 Uhr // Film + Gespräch zum Umgang mit (Nutz)Tieren // Stuttgart

Sonntag, 02.02.2020

AUSGEZEICHNET - Projektauszeichnung + Buchvorstellung

2.2.2020 // 17:00 - 18:00 uhr // Projektauszeichnung durch Bundesministerin Svenja Schulze, BMU // Kapuzinerkloster Münster

Donnerstag, 23.01.2020

Gott und die Tiere

23.01.2020 // 19:30-21:30 Uhr // Soirée am Dom // Frankfurt

Montag, 13.01.2020

Menschen brauchen Tiere!?

Mo 13.01.2020 // 15 - 17 Uhr // Vortrag // Nürtingen-Roßdorf

Sonntag, 15.12.2019

10 Jahre Insitut für Theologische Zoologie - Pionierauftrag Tierwürde

So 15.12.2019 // Impulsvorträge und Musikalisches zum Jubiläum des ITZ // Haus Mariengrund Münster

Mittwoch, 27.11.2019

Der letzte Zweck der anderen Geschöpfe sind nicht wir

27.11.2019 // 19 Uhr // Vortrag aus der Reihe "Mensch & Schöpfung" / Freiburg

Samstag, 16.11.2019

Heilsame Berührung (2019/7)

Sa 16.11.2019 // 15-18:30 Uhr // Meditative Körperarbeit mit Tier und Mensch // Haus Mariengrund Münster

Samstag, 16.11.2019

Warum Tiere den Menschen gut tun und wir ihnen nicht (WS19/4)

Sa 16.11.2019 // 9-18 Uhr // Seminar für Studierende der KatHo Münster // Allwetterzoo Münster

Freitag, 15.11.2019

Warum Tiere den Menschen gut tun und wir ihnen nicht (WS19/3)

Fr 15.11.2019 // 15-19 Uhr // Seminar für Studierende der KatHo Münster // Haus Mariengrund

Dienstag, 12.11.2019

Austauschen & Vernetzen - für ein Miteinander von Mensch & Tier (7/19)

Di 12.11.2019 und jeden weiteren 2. Dienstag im Monat // 19 Uhr // Stammtisch Theologische Zoologie // Restaurant Vaust // Berlin

Personal Paper Dr. Hagencord

Personal Paper

Dr. Rainer Hagencord I Foto: Tatjana Jentsch

Dr. Rainer Hagencord

Dr. Rainer Hagencord was born in Ahlen in 1961, studied Theology in Muenster (Westphalia) and Fribourg (Switzerland) from 1980 to 1985, was ordained a catholic priest in 1987, studied biology and philosophy in Muenster after four years of pastoral work and finished his studies with the focus on behavioral biology and theology with a Ph.D. certificate.

From 1996 to 2000 he worked as a university chaplain in Muenster and established an interdisciplinary dialogue between theology and biology. Here the idea for the doctoral project was born. Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser from the Institute of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Prof. Dr. Klaus Müller from the Department of philosophical questions in theology  supervised the work: "The Beast: A challenge for Christian Theological Anthropology and behavioral arguments for a change of perspective."

Meanwhile the book is titled "On this side of Eden. Behavioral and theological arguments for a new view of animals" ( third edition ). Dr. Jane Goodall, next to Diane Fossey probably the most important primatologist in the world, also UN Messenger of Peace and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, has written the foreword. Since autumn 2004 Jane Goodall and Rainer Hagencord have been in friendly contact, so she gladly took over the patronage of the Institute and participated at the opening of the institute in Muenster on 15.12.2009. Co-founder of the institute is Anton Rotzetter from Switzerland.


Member of the Federation of German Scientists (VDW) in Berlin
Member of the network "food ethics" of the Schweisfurth Foundation
Member and Chairman of the development fund of the Institute of Theological Zoology eV
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Ora et Labora - an ethos of Mitgeschöpflichkeit ( = everything and every being is God`s creature )



• Hagencord, Rainer (2011): The dignity of animals: A religious appreciation, Gütersloh

• Hagencord, Rainer (2010): Noah's forgotten companions: a shattered relationship, Ostfildern: Matthias-Grünewald-Verlag

• Hagencord, Rainer (2008): God and the Animals: A change in perspective, Regensburg: Pustet

• Hagencord, Rainer (2005): On this side of Eden. Behavioral and theological arguments for a new view of animals, Regensburg: Pustet


• "Father bless these gifts" - or who should do what when, in: F.-T.? Gottwald, I. Boergen (ed.), Food and morals. Contributions to the ethics of eating, Marburg, 2013, pp. 115 - 130

• "Then you let the forester but also bury them ...!" Of legitimate questions to an anthropocentric theology of creation and appropriate response experiments.
In: T. Dienberg, T. Eggensperger, U. Engel (Eds.), secular piety. Theological contributions to secularization and individualization, Münster, 2013, pp. 131-147

• Introduction: Kathleen Goebel, animals of the sky, wisdom stories from the Orient, Kevelaer 2013

• The animals: our fellow creatures - high time for a theological appraisal, in: Koehl, G., Lames, G. (Ed.), Adventure hope. Testimonies and witnesses, Berlin, 2012, Ss. 680-692

• We should be cosmographers in: Culinary, science, culture, practice, issue 4/2012, 30/31

• A plea for an anthropology facing the animal. In: DEER MOUNTAIN, Volume 65, Issue No. 07/08, 2012, pp. 462-468

• The theology and our fellow creatures. A plea for an anthropology facing the animal. In: Krall, J. Lamprecht, F. et al (Hg): Ethical Finance. Festschrift for Bishop Alois Schwarz` sixtieth birthday. Frankfurt 2012

• Our fellow creatures - a plea for theological anthropology, facing the animal. In: Jewish culture stage. 13-14. Year, No. 2 (11) / No. 1 (12), April 2012, pp. 16-18

• To issue a theological appreciation of the animals. In: DGK-DVG others (ed.): Second Tier 'Congress of Veterinary Chamber of Schleswig-Holstein. Giessen, 2012, pp. 327-333

• Creativity and fantasy. What we can learn from Nicholas of Cusa, animal lover and theologian. In: P & S Magazine for psychotherapy and counseling. # 01.2012, pp. 14-18

• Animals and faith. The project of a theological zoology. In: Franciscan Mission 4/2011, pp. 6-8

• human - animal: a shattered relationship? In: F. Brandstätter, W. Haferkamp, ​​M. Micheel: What a crowd - Animals of the Bible for Children, 2010 S. Kevelaer 170-172

• What do animals have to do with our faith? In: German veterinary journal, Journal of the Federal Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons, September 2010, S.1152 - 1157

• Over the animals into a living creation spirituality, in: living testimony, Issue 3 September 2010, p.186 - 195

• Our fellow plea for theological anthropology with his face to the animal in Herder CORRESPONDENCE 64 6/2010

• From Bileam's donkey and Joseph hangover. In: C. Lucking-Michel, Raueiser (ed.), Three Religions - a Holy Land. Commemorative volume on the occasion of the 70th Birthday of Prof. Dr. Josef Wohlmuth, Cologne 2008, p.161-169

• The animal - still this side of Eden. In: Bible today. Animals and humans. Biblical pulses 2 Quarter of 2006

• Christian education as a form of progressive education - A report from the former GDR. In: Journal of Integrative Gestalt pedagogy and pastoral care No 43 - December 2006

• Formative win - in the view of the animals. In: Hofer, A., Steiner, K. Feiner, F.: Handbook of Integrative believe Gestalt pedagogy and pastoral care, guidance and supervision, Part II, Pictorial and otherwise, Will Rock 2005

• I find you in all these things. Seven weeks for body and soul, Stuttgart 2005

• Spiritual aspects of Gestalt therapy. In: Hofer, A., Steiner, K., Handbook of Integrative Gestalt pedagogy and pastoral care, guidance and supervision, part I, our humanity, Will Rock 2004

• diaconate of women: a salutary revitalize our church. In: Kubera, U., Patt, S. (eds. on behalf of the network diaconate of women), Did not our heart? The first Diakonatskreis for women, Stuttgart 2004

• Darwin and God. The relationship between evolution and religion, ed. U. v. Lüke / J. Schnakenburg / G. Souvignier, Darmstadt 2004. In: Theological Review, No. 1, 2005

• Human rights for apes? What distinguishes animals and humans, ed. v. M. Herberhold / C. Söling, Paderborn 2003. In: Theological Review No. 5, 2005
• Psalms in animal images. Maria-Anna-Bäuml Roßnagl, 2012


• If animals frolic in theology. Approaches to theological Zoology, ed. Rainer v. Hagencord.-Regensburg: Pustet 2010  Theological Review, No. 3, 2011, Systematic Theolgoie

• Rainer Maria Rilke. I live my life in growing rings. Daily text, Ostfildern 2008

• Bernhard Rensch: biologist and philosopher, with contributions from Dückerstieg, G., Rusch Meier, I., Hoyer, U., Münster