Why the Centre of Theology, Philosophy and Media Theory?
Life moves fast around us; things that seemed sure and unchangeable, even a short time ago, are no longer so, for good and for ill; new hopes and dreams struggle with fears for the future. A key source of this frenetic pace of change can be found in the varied forms of media available to us, purveying all kinds of new products, experiences and ideas. In the past, society found in religion and theological reflection profound sources of reference and support, but now these often seem irrelevant, outdated, or unequal to the task. The resultant continuous upheaval leaves our social systems and conceptual frameworks fragile and unstable. On the one hand, we may benefit from rapid technological developments and the fast information exchange in media, but, on the other hand, we experience growing individualisation, identity crisis and the gradual fragmentation of society. The cTPM aims to step into this breach, from its position at the heart of Europe and the crossroads between East and West. Bringing together a team of young theologians and thought-leaders, it aims to rethink and develop the resources of the theological tradition for a media-dominated world.