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With the systems theory, a new paradigm has emerged which claims to define stable communications, among which religion is counted, as self-referential figures. Though theology and religious studies took initial cognizance of this new approach, it was not applied productively. In the book project “God is Code” we find a creative application of the system theory on religious objects. It constitutes an attempt at a comprehensive reformulation of the classical Christian tractates (religion, god, redemption, angels, sin, church, and faith) to demonstrate the grammar of the codes, formulas, programs and media in which religion operates. This research approach aims to demonstrate basic structures. Through system-theoretical reformulation, Christianity is shown to be a functional equivalent for the solution of generic religious problems, which then creates specific problems such as incarnation and predestination).
Lower Transcendence: Angels and Intermediary Beings
Particularly the monotheistic religions find themselves confronted with the problem that entities below the deity (angels, demons, ions, spirits, multitudes) are persistently being conjured up that are neither divine nor human. We see this with the renaissance of angels, especially in times when the bonding force of the churches is in decline. There is a dearth of theoretical reflection on this question. Particularly in the devotedness of Volk populations, intermediary beings serve all kinds of wild functions such as protecting from harm, healing, and oracles. Instead of interpreting this as a syndrome of decay, our research work will demonstrate why lower transcendences are important for the maintenance of high transcendence. An inter-church investigation will help verify this conjecture. First investigations on angelology have been presented in miscellaneous articles and on a multimedia CD-ROM. As a sub-project, regional investigations e.g. on angels in Berlin and angels in churches in Berlin and Brandenburg churches are planned.