Mohammed caricature from the 16th century
Blasphemy at Petriplatz - a medieval Mohammed caricature and its way to the House of One. In the event series "What unites us, what divides us", the House of One invites you to a conversation about criticism of religion and fear of God.
When the Ottoman armed forces besieged Vienna in 1529, Central Europe was frozen in fear and terror. The Turks were the "dangerous enemies" for the people of that time. These foreigners had to be fought with all their might. Fighting was not only with the sword, but also with words. The example of the Latin teacher Heinrich Knaust, who was rector of the Latin School on Petriplatz in Berlin in the 16th century, illustrates this very clearly. Knaust wrote one of the first German-language Mohamed biographies in which he drew a literary caricature of the Prophet.
The harsh utterances of the pedagogue Knaust sometimes seem surprisingly topical. Polemical, stereotypical or even blasphemous depictions of Mohammed in recent years have a similar sharpness - even beyond the infamous Mohammed cartoons of Danish draughtsmen.
We would like to invite you to a lecture followed by a discussion on criticism of religion and fear of God. What is criticism, what is abuses? Does God insult himself or does he need our defence?
The theologians Roland Stolte and Paul-Bernhard Elwert as well as Imam Osman Örs will discuss.
The evening will be moderated by the Jewish cantor Esther Hirsch.
Service for the Annunciation, the day on which Archangel Gabriel announced the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin. Not only Christians, but also Jews and Muslims know Mary. However, their ideas about her are quite different.
In times of growing anti-Semitism, the Berlin congregation of St. Peter's and St. Mary's together with Rabbi Andreas Nachama (House of One) set a sign of admonition and reconciliation. With an inter-religious prayer for peace, after more than 80 years a replica of the former Tetragram (the Hebrew name of God JHWH) is attached to the Parochial Church.
Philosopher Wilhelm Schmid, action artist of the Center for Political Beauty, Philipp Ruch, and the three clergymen of the House of One - Rabbi Dr. Andreas Nachama, Pastor Gregor Hohberg and Imam Osman Örs - in a conversation about Lessing's Nathan the Wise and the coexistence of people of different origin, religion and worldview.
"Frauen sind missratene Männer." So beschrieb es der Philosoph und Theologe Thomas von Aquin im 13. Jahrhundert. Auch andere Religionen setzten Frauen enge Grenzen und tun es zum Teil bis heute. In einem mehrtägigen Workshop wird die heutige Realität von Frauen im Judentum, Christentum und dem Islam beleuchtet.
As part of our discussion series, Haladhara Thaler will talk about "Hinduism between tradition and modernity" with Imam Osman Örs and Pastor Gregor Hohberg. The event will be moderated by Esther Hirsch. Haladhara Thaler was chairman of the Hindu Community Berlin for 25 years and is now a member of the leadership team of the Berlin Forum of Religions.