Is God dead?

Faith and doubt in the field of tension between religion, science and culture

Academic Responsibility

Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Max Kerner

Historisches Institut
RWTH Aachen

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Simone Paganini

Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Biblische Theologie 
RWTH Aachen

Contact Person





Thursday, 4:30 – 6:00 pm


Semi 90 | SE 101

Templergraben 90
52062 Aachen


Religions do not have a good standing in Germany. Since 2022, a majority of the population no longer belongs to any church. For many people – especially in the academic world – faith no longer seems contemporary. Reason, rationality and science are seen as the guiding principles of enlightened modernity.

But on closer inspection, is this true at all? Are science and faith mutually exclusive? Do people believe less because they are no longer in church? And what role do other religions and forms of spirituality play? In this course, we illuminate the intersections of religion, culture, and science, and ask about the role of faith in the present and future. The many topics and perspectives include modern spirituality and world religions, as well as philosophy and the natural sciences.

Student engagement plays a central role in this process. Together we visit places of faith of different religions, read texts and discuss among ourselves and with selected experts.

Learning Outcomes

Students learn about different religions and places of religious practice. They discuss current debates around the relationship between religion, faith and the modern world. They reflect on the relationship between faith, science and culture.



Organizational Session (voluntary, Zoom)


Stocktaking: faith, doubt, modern religiosity and spirituality


Prof. i.R. Dr. Max Kerner (RWTH Aachen)

Prof. Dr. Simone Paganini (RWTH Aachen)

Dr. Felix Kampel (RWTH Aachen)

25.05.2023 (4 pm)
study trip

Places of faith I: Aachen Cathedral

Prof. i.R. Dr. Max Kerner (RWTH Aachen)


study trip

Places of faith II: Jewish cemetery

Prof. Dr. Simone Paganini (RWTH Aachen)

Holger Dux (Author “Der Jüdische Friedhof Aachen” 2022)

study trip

Places of faith III: Mosk of the bosnian community Aachen

Prof. Dr. Simone Paganini (RWTH Aachen)

Dr. Idris Malik

study trip

Places of Faith IV: Buddhist Meditation Room

Prof. Dr. Simone Paganini (RWTH Aachen)

Dr. Pema Plagge (Praxis für Köper und Geist, Aachen)


Religion and science: physics and the universe

Prof. Dr. Achim Stahl (RWTH Aachen)


Philosophy: Nietzsche and religion

Prof. i.R. Dr. Max Kerner (RWTH Aachen)
Prof. i.R. Dr. Rudolf Lüthe (RWTH Aachen)

Dr. Felix Kampel (RWTH Aachen)

Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation. If you would like to take an exam, please make sure beforehand how you can get credit for it in your degree program. Of course, you can also take exams without receiving curricular credit for them. Visit our FAQs for more information.

In the following you will find all exams offered in this course. If you register the examination in RWTHonline, you will also find the assignment to the designations displayed in RWTHonline here:



Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)


Protocol with critical analysis  (2 CP, not graded)

Project "Leonardo": Protocol with Analysis

Student project (4 CP)

Project "Leonardo": Study Paper


Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)
Protocol with analysis (2 CP, not graded)
Student project (4 CP)

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