The cTPM provides a platform for the intersection of three research tracks: theology, philosophy and media theory. Our research examines our everyday life experience of media and mediation with a special focus on the modern world’s ever-growing embrace of technical communication media. We approach this topic as a historic opportunity for Christian theology which, in a profound sense, has always been a doctrine with the keenest and utmost interest in media, mediators and mediation itself. Given, however, that theological thought (together with the whole of culture and society as its playground and addressee) is somewhat unconsciously, yet quite significantly, conditioned by these media, theologians are faced with the complex task of developing a systematic approach to them and to do so in dialogue with the secular domain of media theory and media studies.
Furthermore, our research carries forward various philosophical reflections on religion in general and Christianity in particular. Theologians are challenged by philosophers from various traditions who find in theological reasoning, despite a gradually secularising context, an alternative set of though patterns to those of contemporary culture. This line of research concerns the relations between philosophy and theology, the reception of Christian classics in phenomenology, hermeneutics and the philosophy of deconstruction, the role of marginal theological traditions such as mysticism and negative theology in communicating faith, the meaning of tradition and the question of truth.
Consequently, there is no doubt that one of the most pressing theological problems of the present century is to work out functioning metaphysical account of God. This requires a necessity to rethink possibilities of metaphysics in the context of blooming postmodernity not only from a philosophical, but also from a theological point of view. Theological research within the cTPM focuses on the search for new methods, new ways and new styles of doing theology while maintaining its scientific character as an academic discipline. For this reason, we are pursuing dialogue between theology and philosophy as the two modes of thinking in the postmodern context. Nevertheless, our theological scope does not include only academia. Theology must be compelling, accessible and existentially relevant. Therefore, the cTPM research is also dedicated to the service to Christian community as well as a broader society. For that matter, we perceive dialogue between theology and media theory as inevitable. Our research does not want to be a one-way broadcast, but dialogical mediation of knowledge and wisdom.