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Digital Society Initiative

Thomas Schlag

Thomas Schlag, Prof. Dr.

  • Affiliated DSI Professor
  • Digital Religion(s)

Research Interests:

Digitalization and Theological Communication Practices

  • Individual, Ecclesial and (Inter)religious Practice in Digital Lifeworlds
  • Theological-anthropological Interpretations of Digital Transformation

Basic Questions of Practical Theology

  • Perspectives of «Public Theology» and «Public Church» in the Field of Tension between Church, State and Civil Society
  • Practical Theology in Ethical and Socio-Political Perspectives

Religious Pedagogical Analyses and Interpretations of Religious Educational Practice in Schools and Churches

  • Political, Democratic, Human Rights and Memory-Related Horizons of Protestant Education
  • Religious Education in Schools in Switzerland, Germany and in International Comparison
  • Confirmation Work and Religious Education Programs at the Primary Level
  • Church Youth Work and Youth Theology

Church and Congregational Development

  • Perspectives on Church Theory
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Current Church Reform Debates


Curriculum vitae:

  • 1965 born in Stuttgart
  • 1986-1993 Studies of Protestant Theology and Political Sciences in Tübingen and Munich
  • 1993-1996 Assistant and Doctorate at the Chair of Systematic Theology/Ethics (Trutz Rendtorff) at the University of Munich
  • 1997-1999 Vicariate in the Württemberg State Church in Boll/Bad Boll/Eckwälden
  • 1999-2000 Pastor in Mühlacker
  • 2000-2004 Director of Studies at the Protestant Academy Bad Boll in the department of Socio-olitical Youth Education/Youth and Work
  • April 2005 Appointment as Assistant Professor for Practical Theology with Tenure Track at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Zurich and Start of Position on 1.9.2005
  • June 2010 Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Center for Church Development (ZKE)
  • Since 2011 Full Professor for Practical Theology (Religious Education, Church Theory and Pastoral Theology) at the University of Zurich Since 1.1.2021 Director of the University Research Center «Digital Religion(s). Communication, Interaction and Transformation in the Digital Society» (