Pavol Bargar

Pavol Bargar
Charles University in Prague | CUNI · Protestant Theological Faculty

PhD

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Introduction
Pavol Bargar currently works at the Protestant Theological Faculty (PTF), Charles University in Prague. Pavol´s research interests lie in theology and culture, theological anthropology, and missiology/intercultural theology. The research projects he is involved include "Theological Anthropology from an Ecumenical Perspective" and "Biblical Roots of Christian Culture." He is project manager for the research project "Faith and Beliefs of ´Nonbelievers´", funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
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January 2017 - December 2017
Charles University in Prague
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Nicholas Wolterstorff argues that the tragedy of contemporary urban life lies not only in the fact that injustice and oppression burgeon in many cities today but also that "so many have nothing surrounding them in which any human being could possibly take sensory delight." As far as Christians are concerned, this unfortunate state is due to a pie-t...
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Центральная тема книги — человек в его отношении к Богу и, в свете этих отношений, ко всему остальному: к другим людям и созданиям, к населенным нами местам, к природе, культуре, обществу и религии. Именно в этих отношениях проявляются различные грани того, что значит быть человеком. Таким образом мы учимся понимать, кто мы есть. Богословская антро...
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This is a book review of Stephen Bevans and Clemens Sedmak´s Does God Love the Coronavirus?
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This chapter explores the ways Christian mission was realized during the period of communist political rule in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe in the second half of the twentieth century. It particularly focuses on the context of Protestant churches in the former Czechoslovak Socialist Republic in 1948-1989. This focus is framed by the...
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Christian mission, understood in terms of missio Dei, has a significant political aspect as humans are political beings, that is, creatures who form and live in social relations and entities of various kinds. As a result, Christian witness to their faith is expected to have a public, political dimension. And indeed, Christians in Central and Easter...
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This is a review of The Spirit and the Common Good by Daniela C. Augustine.
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This is a review of Transcendence and Understanding, written by Zdenko Š. Širka.
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The point of departure for this article is the essential conviction that culture has much to contribute to Christian theology. Discussing various examples from literature, music, and film, it explicitly focuses on the significance that the imagination has for theological reflection. More broadly, the article’s main argument was developed around the...
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This article argues that one of the postulations and, simultaneously, aims of Christian mission as part of missio Dei is to recognize the image of God in the other. To advance its arguments, it employs three central concepts, namely, brokenness, relationality, and mutuality. These concepts are to be perceived in terms of a hermeneutic arch that con...
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"Who are People? Theological Anthropology Ecumenically". Jak porozumět tomu, co znamená být a stávat se člověkem ve vztahu k Bohu − a odtud pak ke všemu ostatnímu: k lidem, živočichům, rostlinám, krajině a kultuře, k různým formám sociálního a politického života? Těmito otázkami se zabývá kolektivní monografie Kdo je člověk? V mezioborové perspekti...
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This paper suggests that it is desirable to explore various aspects of narrativity as a dynamic “flow” among embodied stories of different individuals and communities. Its underlying thesis is that a change of mind (metanoia) occurs under the impact of encounter with “other” stories. Throughout the paper it will be asserted that this narrative appr...
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This is a review of Luke Bretherton´s book Christ and the Common Life.
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Inspired by the Jewish Pesach tradition of the Exodus story, this paper suggests interpreting the Resurrection as liberation. Further, it explores various aspects of such understanding, particularly in relation to the covid-19 pandemic.
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There have recently been attempts in the academic discourse to describe what is referred to as the demise of the postmodern due to the perceived insufficiency of the latter concept to adequately express the uniqueness of the 21st-century world. The younger generation of scholars, therefore, suggest adopting a new discourse, termed ‘metamodernism’,...
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This is a book review of Petr Jandejsek, "Christologie z pomezí: Jacques Dupuis, Roger Haight a Jon Sobrino." While the book was published in Czech (Prague: Karolinum, 2019), the review is in English.
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This article seeks to address the question of how to respond to the covid-19 coronavirus both faithfully and creatively by exploring theologically the particular topic of the body and the relationship to the other. It maintains that being Christian means taking seriously our human being in the body before God and others. Its argument is that Christ...
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The paper explores the themes of "light" and "darkness" with an appeal to engage both symbols even to experience "living in darkness."
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This article explores the symbol of the feast, as proposed by the 2012 World Council of Churches’ affirmation Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes (TTL). The feast is introduced as an appropriate hermeneutic tool to account for the multi‐layered and dynamic reality of human life in the presence of others and in the p...
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The article discusses the role of the story with the intention of better understanding and rethinking our understanding of Christian identity. It argues that this identity is based on God's story in the world and with the world when the disciples of Jesus Christ strive to embody this story and further develop it creatively via the imagination. In t...
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Článok skúma jeden z najdynamickejšie sa rozvíjajúcich fenoménov súčasného křesťanstva – evanjelium prosperity. Predstavuje ho ako medzinárodný a transdenominačný jav, ktorý výborne ladí so společenskými, ekonomickými a kultúrnymi rysmi dnešného globalizovaného sveta. This article explores one of the currently most dynamic movements in World Chris...
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This is a review of the book America's Original Sin, written by Jim Wallis.
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The Human Being in Quest for Truth: Milan Balabán´s Theological Anthropology The present article explores the concept of theological anthropology as proposed by Czech protestant theologian and biblical scholar Milan Balabán (1929 - 2019). In dialogue with Balabán and other theologians from various parts of the world, it examines what it means to b...
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The present era, often referred to as post‐secular, has in many places seen a resurgence in spirituality. Nevertheless, the contemporary quest for spirituality is unique in the sense that many people do not expect to have their spiritual needs fulfilled within the structures of organized religion, starting on a journey of their own explorations ins...
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The paper explores the issue of Christian identity against the backdrop of contemporary pluralistic society, defined by a multitude of traditions, views, and stances. It makes use of the categories of culture , power, and witness to enable a fuller and theologically fruitful image of Christian identity. It argues that Christian identity is a relati...
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The chapter explores the theme of the imagination and its role in theology. It distinguishes three types of imagination, namely, transgressive (self-reflective), deconstructive, and eschatological imagination. It argues that theologizing informed and driven by the imagination takes place between ideology and utopia.
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Although the present era has by some scholars been referred to as a post-ideological one, based on the argument that the so-called ‘grand narratives’ have by now become largely untrustworthy and suspicious, evidence suggests that ideology continues to play an important role in today’s world. This paper will therefore seek to revisit the post-ideolo...
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Darren Aronofsky's film Mother! is a cinematographically unique and, at the same time, very disturbing work of art. As such, it provokes many contradictory reactions. The present article explores, from an ecumenical theological perspective, the destructive ways of pursuing holiness as portrayed in this film. Understanding holiness as an authentic r...
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This article pursue a theological reading of Darren Aronofsky's film Black Swan (2011). Unlike some other interpretations, especially from psychoanalytical, feminist or neuroscientific perspectives, it suggests focusing on a transformative quality of the main protagonist's self-giving act. Drawing from John de Gruchy's emphasis on the alien beauty...
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This paper argues that if Christianity is to be regarded as a truly world religion, Christians must pay serious attention to the ways in which the Reformation legacy has taken roots and found contextualized expressions around the world, particularly in the global South. If Christians from the North Atlantic fail to acknowledge and take this fact se...
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This article explores the topics of church, society, and earth in two recent documents by the World Council of Churches (WCC): The Church: Towards a Common Vision and Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes. Regarding society and earth not as mere objects or “props” of the church’s mission, the article suggests that the...
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This article compares the song "Lazarus" of David Bowie with the understanding of salvation in David Ford's Self and Salvation. Both do, with Levinas, interpret salvation as an experience in relation to the other. The fullness of life can only be pursued together with the other. The power of death can be overcome by the eschatological reality of gr...
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Predkladaný príspevok skúma koncept premieňajúceho nasledovania, ako ho prezentuje a rozvíja 14. konferencia o svetovej misii a evanjelizácii. Hlavnou tézou tohto článku je, že komplexné, teologicky i antropologicky fundované pochopenie kresťanského nasledovania môže pomôcť adekvátnejšie pochopiť úlohu cirkvi vo vzťahu k Božej misii vo svete (missi...
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This article argues that narrativity has the potential to be a key hermeneutical concept in ecumenical theology. Instead of pursuing a complex elaboration of the notion, it will seek to explore various aspects of narrativity. The thesis will be explicated in three major steps, consecutively discussing culture as the general setting of narrativity,...
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Although scholarship in many disciplines has paid much attention to the life and work of the American poet and vocalist of the band "The Doors", Jim Morrison (1943-1971), virtually no contributions to this topic have been made from a theological perspective. The submitted paper will seek to fill this lacuna at least to some extent. It explores the...
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The article explores “The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World” (MOCT), one of the six official documents issued by the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church that took place on the island of Crete in 2016. It is the first official Orthodox statement on mission ever published. The aim of the present article is to offer a reflectio...
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The annual conference of the Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies (CEEAMS) was held in Osijek, Croatia, between 13-17 February 2017. Its theme was “Love, Live, and Delight: Conversations in Central and Eastern Europe on Present Day Documents on Mission.” The participants reflected on mission documents from different Christia...
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The workshop will engage with the 10 points of Seelisberg and the 12 points of Berlin from theological perspectives. While affirming the core tenets and recommitting itself to the goals of the two documents, the workshop will seek to refocus and expand the scope of Jewish-Christian dialogue and amity in terms of themes, perspectives, and agents. As...
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We playfully use the word ”ingredients” here, as if we were looking for a recipe and in more than one way, we are. Reforms happen in every aspect of life: including religions, art, culture, societal structures, and politics. In the religious world, reform bears on how we interpret the words of God, making religious reforms different from other type...
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The public opinion in Europe has been for some time now divided on the question of whether or not European countries ought to accept refugees coming from especially Middle Eastern and African countries. Actually, it seems that the differences of opinion are increasingly bigger and often prevent people from even having a meaningful conversation on t...
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Narrative, Myth, Transformation is a groundbreaking book about the transformational potential of the Christian Story in the context of contemporary culture. It offers a unique blend of excellent scholarship, creative thinking and theological wisdom. Pavol Bargár explores new paths in missiological analysis of culture, focusing especially on how nar...
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This paper follows on from the premise that humans are narrative beings, i.e. their identity is founded on stories. From a theological perspective, more importantly, Christian identity is founded on a particular story – the story of Jesus Christ. As a consequence, theology is the critical reflection of this story. Narrative theology is a school whi...
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The present article explores the issue of the poor in three recent major documents on mission and evangelism/evangelization – Together towards Life (TTL), The Cape Town Commitment (CCT), and Evangelii Gaudium (EG) – arguing that they have several commonalities, as well as differences, with regard to mission and the poor. In convergence, they acknow...
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This paper views theology as a process of reflection on human experience. Humans grasp their existence narratively - as a story. From this perspective, it is legitimate to speak of narrative theology. The paper explores possibilities of using myth as a means of narrative theology. It defines myth as a dialectic conjunction of symbols and a narrativ...
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The phenomenon of the Nigerian Pentecostal/charismatic missionaries and communities led by them has been fairly well documented with respect to some Western European countries. However, much less attention has been given to the ministry of Nigerian-initiated Pentecostal/charismatic churches in Central Europe. The present paper seeks to fill this la...
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The present paper revisits the famous typology outlining possible relationships of Christians to culture, as outlined by H. Richard Niebuhr in his Christ and Culture. It seeks to draw upon some particular insights from the critical discussion in order to propose a constructive application of Niebuhr’s categories in today’s theology of culture. Cont...
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In the present article, an alternative definition of myth is proposed. Myth is defined as a dialectic junction of a symbolic and a narrative part. Symbols, or mythical motives, obtain ever new meanings in a changing context provided by the narrative. Such an understanding of myth finds its use in a so called “mythic reading”. This strategy tries to...
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In the present article, an alternative definition of myth is proposed Myth is defined as a dialectic junction of a symbolic and a narrative part. Symbols, or mythical motifs, obtain ever new meanings in a changing context provided by the narrative. Such an understanding of myth finds its use in a so called "mythic reading." This strategy tries to a...

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The project complements the focus on the search for the face of God in a previous UNCE “Transcendence and its interpretation in theology and art” with the search for the face of the human being, turned to God, the other and created beings. Conceived ecumenically and interdisciplinarily (Biblical Studies, Fundamental and Ecumenical Theology, Spirituality, Ethics, Liturgical Studies) the project uses a new methodology to investigate classic themes of theological anthropology: the creation of humanity in God’s image, The project’s relevance and originality lie in its rooted methodology and in its relational understanding of the human person (God–Human–Nature/World), with which theology engages in interreligious and intercultural dialogue about basic values of human life, such as freedom, beauty, creativity, solidarity and responsibility. Of added value is the construction of a dynamic inter-faculty team which will jointly participate in organising joint colloquia and international conferences, books, collective monographs and other specialist studies.
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This project explores different sources and concepts of tradition, by way of critical engagement with various Western and Eastern Orthodox thinkers, in order to propose possible ways forward for contemporary ecumenical theology. This issue will not be analysed in total, but both approaches will be epitomized by concrete authors and on these examples we will discuss and reflect limits, continuity, discontinuity, and above all, transformations of tradition. This project therefore provides a comparative reading and critical discussion of contributions of the Western and Eastern Orthodox sources of hermeneutics of tradition and indicates both the limits and possibilities of ecumenical conversation; it is oriented both on the strengths as well as on the weaknesses of particular conceptions; and it searches for the areas of complementation and mutual enrichment. The project examines practical implications of the hermeneutical conversation for the ecumenical debate between Western and Eastern Orthodox theology, with a particular focus on the developments within the ecumenical movement.
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The aim of the project is to show the significance of the concept of myth for theological reflection, point out its complementarity with the concept of logos, and show the use of explicitly secular artworks as legitimate sources for theological and religious research.