Monographs and anthologies

Ludger Jansen | Rebekka A. Klein (Hg.)

Seele digital.
Mind-Uploading, virtuelles Bewusstsein und Auferstehungshoffnung

Pustet 2022 (im Erscheinen)
ISBN 978-3-791-77412-1

Can eternal life be realized by technical means? Can a person's spirit be stored as a dynamic data structure and preserved as a functional unit beyond the perishable body? Such technical utopias are now not only a playful motif in literature and film, but also a serious goal of computer scientists and tech start-ups. Is this project feasible? What impact would a successful implementation of the mind upload have on our notions of human individuality and personal identity? How should the project be evaluated ethically, and how does it relate to the Christian hope of a resurrection and subsequent eternal life? This volume examines these questions from philosophical, theological and socio-ethical perspectives.

Rebekka A. Klein | Lisanne Teuchert (Hg.)
Ökumene in Bewegung.
Neue Perspektiven der Forschung

Evangelische Verlagsanstalt 2021
ISBN 978-3-374-06854-8

Currently, the framework conditions for ecumenical practice are on the one hand highly dynamic, and on the other hand, ecumenical stagnation is deplored. In this situation, the present volume seeks new departures. Predominantly younger voices contribute new approaches, react to current challenges and developments and generate resonances in concrete fields of ecumenical practice. The methodological and factual orientation of ecumenism is often put to the test and the dynamics of worldwide religious, political and social shifts are questioned as to their consequences for the future of ecumenism.

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Dominik Finkelde | Rebekka A. Klein (Ed.)
In Need of A Master.
Politics, Theology, and Radical Democracy

De Gruyter 2021
ISBN 978-3-11-069905-0

The volume "In Need of a Master: Politics, Theology, and Radical Democracy" discusses how our so-called "postmodern age" of widespread ideological critique paves the way for reactionary and conservative political movements. At center stage is the question of whether these movements can and must be – contrary to widespread beliefs among liberal elites – interpreted both as a symptom of a political awakening in the horizon of political theology in our era of immanence, as well as perhaps the perilous end of democracy as we know it. The book brings to the fore political theology as the hidden agenda of politics and presents at the same time Christian and Jewish theological traditions as an antidote to a global empire with its often unacknowledged rule of immanence.

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Rebekka A. Klein (Ed.)
Gemeinsam Christsein.
Potenziale und Ressourcen einer Theologie der Ökumene für das 21. Jahrhundert

Mohr Siebeck 2020
ISBN 978-3-16-159613-1

To be Christians together in reconciled diversity – this is what churches, denominations, cultures, and faith communities of Christianity worldwide strive for. But how can ecumenism as a church-political and theological project of universal Christianity in the twenty-first century be further developed and reinterpreted?
The contributions in this volume aim to give impulses to the ecumenical movement for its renewal and continuation. They develop new theological interpretations of the practice of ecumenical dialogue, the goal of church unity and the relationship between denominations and ecumenism. In terms of societal practice, they explore the relationship of ecumenism to cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism. In conversation with the theology of religions, comparative theology, post-colonialism and the dialogue of religions, they take a look at what ecumenism can be in a globalized world.

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Rebekka A. Klein | Friederike Rass (Ed.)
God’s Weak Force.
Alternatives to the Notions of God’s Omnipotence and Powerlessness

Evangelische Verlagsanstalt 2017
ISBN 978-3-374-04877-9

The aspiration for sovereignty has got into crisis in late modernity. In the field of theology too one does not talk any longer unabatedly about God’s sovereign power. Reflecting on God as being God, theology after Auschwitz made the powerless crucified One the focus of its attention. But the dialectical overcoming of omnipotence through powerlessness is being undermined in the discourse of post-metaphysical philosophy of religion by the notion of a »weak force«. The reflections on God’s weak force and its subversive power are intended to open up new spaces of interpretation for the secular society. The aim of the contributions in this book is to rethink the motif of the weak force theologically in a constructive and critical way.

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Rebekka A. Klein
Attenuating Sovereignty.
Religion and Political Ideology in Claude Lefort,
Slavoj Žižek und Karl Barth

Mohr Siebeck 2016
ISBN 978-3-16-154353-1

Belief in sovereignty relies on the fiction that absolute power is actually able to really exist and stably endure, thus bestowing political ideologies with necessarily totalitarian purposes. Rebekka A. Klein demonstrates that this fiction can be exposed and defused by reinforcing subversive and emancipatory figurations of power deprivation. Theology backs this approach as a source of philosophical reflexion.

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Rebekka A. Klein | Dominik Finkelde (Ed.)
Sovereignty and Subversion.
On Figurations of the Political-Imaginary

Alber 2015
ISBN 978-3495487549

The putative crisis of sovereignty in a globalised world has not impaired the political efficacy of this figuration of the political-imaginary. The imagination of a sovereign power remains as inevitable as the need to intervene against it in a subversive fashion. The articles in this publication reflect on this fact as a recurring element of tension. That tension defines the political sphere in its entirety and prevents its totalisation.

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Rebekka A. Klein
Sociality as the Human Condition.
Anthropology in Economic,
Philosophical and Theological Perspective

Edition Ruprecht 2010
ISBN 978-3767571372

What do we mean by the term sociality? What do behavioural science, philosophy, and theology contribute to it? This book analyses new experiments on social interactions, philosophical concepts of interpersonal difference, and a theological notion of Christian charity. It demonstrates that recourse to human sociality must not be indifferent towards phenomena of social inhumanity: the scope of human social behaviour ranges from violent destruction to responsibility for others. Consequently, sociality is not treated as a foundation of morality and political order, but as a twofold phenomenon.

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Rebekka A. Klein | Björn Görder (Ed.)
Values and Norms in the Professional Life.
Conditions for their Development and

LIT 2011
ISBN 978-3643109262

The demand for values and norms – especially in executive personnel in industry and society – is ubiquitous in current debates. If this demand is not to fade away as a mere appeal, it is necessary to inquire into the conditions necessary to fulfil it. How do values and norms develop, how do they affect human behaviour, and how can the understanding of their development and enforcement be implemented in practice? This essay anthology analyses these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective, reflecting on the social changes that affect the alignment of values and norms and the conflicts experienced in connection therewith.

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Rebekka A. Klein (Ed.)
Distance to Nature.
Philosophical and Theological Perspectives in
Hans Blumenberg’s Anthropology

Königshausen & Neumann 2009
ISBN 978-3826041433

Blumenberg’s phenomenological studies on human beings as creatures of distance can be understood as a secret theme underlying his philosophy. The work focuses on Blumenberg’s analysis of the conception of man in positive science and transcendental phenomenology. Here, it emerges to what extent his anthropology seeks interdisciplinary dialogue and explores new avenues with regard to phenomenology.

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Rebekka A. Klein | Christian Polke | Martin Wendte
Major Works of Systematic Theology.
A Handbook

Mohr Siebeck/UTB 2009
ISBN 978-3825232917

This book introduces the content, structure, theological style, as well as the reception history of eighteen major works in the history of theology. By specifying accessible passages for initial reading and secondary literature, the book enables students to take their first steps towards the tradition of Systematic Theology.

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Series Editorship

Co-editor of the series "Ecumenical Studies" at LIT-Verlag Münster (since 2017). 


Co-editor of the Journal "Berliner Theologische Zeitschrift" (since 2018).



In Preparation


Books in Preparation

Rebekka A. Klein, Calvin D. Ullrich (eds.), The Body (Un-)Thinkable. Affect, Touch and the Vulnerability of the Body (in preparation).

Jens Wolff, Rebekka A. Klein, Patrick Ebert, Rasmus Nagel, Hendrik Stoppel (Hg.), Der Zweite - Christus denken (HUTh), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2023.

Articles in Preparation

Rebekka A. Klein, Theo-Politik: Barths Ideologiekritik und die Krise(n) der Demokratie in der Gegenwart. In: Zentrierte Theologie. Karl Barths Beitrag zur Verständigung der theologischen Disziplinen (Theologische Anstöße), hg. v. G. Pfleiderer, Ch. Tietz, M. Wüthrich, Göttingen 2023.

Rebekka A. Klein, 'Theologie als Politik'. Carl Schmitts Romantikkritik im Kontext des Postliberalismus. In: Theologie und Religionsphilosophie in der frühen Weimarer Republik, hg. v. M. Moxter, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2023.

Rebekka A. Klein, Der Leib als Medium und offene Wunde des Selbstseins bei Paul Ricœur, in: Die Kraft der Hermeneutik. Das Paradigma des Werkes Paul Ricœurs, hg. v. B. Liebsch, Stuttgart: Alber, 2023.

Rebekka A. Klein, Freiheit in evangelischer Perspektive: Tillichs protestantisches Prinzip und die Frage der Befreiung, 2023.

Rebekka A. Klein, Rezension »Martin Kirschner (Hg.), Subversiver Messianismus. Interdisziplinäre Agamben-Lektüren. Baden-Baden: Academia 2020«. In: Theologische Literaturzeitung 2023.

Rebekka A. Klein, Das Mitleid der Religion - anthropologisches Erfolgsmodell oder pathologische Leidenschaft der Weltverbesserung?, in: Glaube und (De-)Motivation, hg. v. H. von Sass, F. Höhne, Tübingen 2023.

Rebekka A. Klein, Das Erbe des Christentums, in: Zizek-Handbuch, hg. v. D. Finkelde, Stuttgart: Metzler, 2023.

Rebekka A. Klein, Die gnadenlose Liebe (2001)/ On belief (2001), in: Zizek-Handbuch, hg. v. D. Finkelde, Stuttgart: Metzler, 2023.

Rebekka A. Klein, Rezension »Ulrich Lincoln, Prekäre Geschöpflichkeit. Beiträge zum theologischen Gewaltdiskurs, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2021«. In: Theologische Literaturzeitung 2023.

Rebekka A. Klein, Freiheit als souveräne Macht. In: Das Andere der Freiheit. Subjekttheoretische und materialistische Freiheitskonzeptionen im Gespräch (Ratio fidei), hg. v. Magnus Lerch, Sarah Rosenhauer und Georg Essen, Regensburg: Pustet, 2023.

Rebekka A. Klein, Antiseptic Bodies. Disembodiment, Immunization and the ›Absolute Body‹ of Jesus Christ. In: The Body (Un-)Thinkable, hg. v. Rebekka A. Klein, Calvin Ullrich.

Rebekka A. Klein, Rezension »Rasmus Nagel, Universale Singularität. Ein Vorschlag zur Denkform christlicher Theologie im Gespräch mit Ernesto Laclau, Alain Badiou und Slavoj Zizek, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2021«. In: Theologische Literaturzeitung 2022.

Rebekka A. Klein, Mangel an Leibhaftigkeit. Der Zweite als (De-)Potenzierung des Ersten?, in: Jens Wolff u.a. (Hg.), Der Zweite - Christus denken, Tübingen 2023.