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Mgr. ZDENKO ŠIRKA, PhD deals with hermeneutics and systematic theology. On the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University he finished his doctoral studies, where he is occupied with dialogue between hermeneutics of H.-G. Gadamer and modern Orthodox hermeneutics. In this area he regularly publishes articles in the peer-reviewed journals. He teaches theology and hermeneutics.
February 2015 - present
- Theology teacher
January 2014 - present
- Theology teacher
September 2006 - September 2015
Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University: Prague, Czech Republic
Field of study
September 2004 - August 2006
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen Evangelisch Theologische Fakultät: Tubingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Field of study
September 1999 - June 2004
Protestant Theological Seminary of Comenius University
Field of study
"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...
This review essay brings a closer look at two books about Serbian saint and theologian Justin Popović, both were published in 2019 in Serbian. The first one, presented and analysed in this review, is the international thematic conference proceedings "Mission and thought of St Justin Popović," edited by Vladimir Cvetković and Bogdan Lubardić from th...
This article deals with the development of hermeneutics in the dialogue between confessions within the ecumenical movement, from its beginnings in 1927 until the current time. As an overview of historical circumstances, it critically presents the main document of ecumenical hermeneutics, including its contemporary tendencies and challenges. Special...
This book brings into conversation Western and Orthodox hermeneutical schools: one represented by Hans-Georg Gadamer and his followers, while the other school is less focused around one person and yet displays common distinct features. The main question of the book is how we can mediate not only the content of understanding of who we are in relatio...
This article focuses on the work of Czech Jesuit Cardinal Tomáš Špidlík (1919-2010), continued in his pupils, both in Rome, where he taught for most of his life, and in the Czech Republic. It explores in particular how studies of hesychasm marked their understanding of deification. It asks in which sense their work can be seen as a Western attempt...
"Justin Popović on Luther and Protestantism". Овај рад се усредсређује на методологију коју Јустин користи при оцењивању протестантизма, и сугерише поређење између Јустина Поповића и Мартина Лутера. Прво се објашњава историјски и теолошки контекст у коме Јустин говори о протестантизму, затим се уводе херменеутичке претпоставке његове критике, на тр...
This article deals with the work of Orthodox theologian Justin Popović, since his glorification in 2010 called St Justin the New. The aim of this article is to offer detailed analysis of the presuppositions that build his theology of tradition, at the same time to offer a way how to interpret his opus, without criticizing him for being anti-ecumeni...
The authors of the article take the concept of spirituality as seen by the educators in Social Work and discuss the problem how to use this concept in professional practice when working with people, whose spirituality, at least on the basis of Ethical Codes, should be taken on board by the professionals. All this, in spite of the fact, that spiritu...
ŠIRKA, Zdenko. Лубардић Б. Јустин Ћелијски и Русија: путеви рецепције руске философије и теологије [Justin Popović a Rusko: recepcia ruskej filozofie a teologie]. Parrésia Revue pro východní křesťanství. 2017, vol 9-10, no. 2015-2016, p. 571- 575. [ISSN: 1802-8209; ISBN: 978-80-7465-284-4].
ŠIRKA, Zdenko. Pavol Bargár, Narrative, Myth, Transformation: Reflecting Theologically on Contemporary Culture. Communio Viatorum. 2017, vol. 59, no. 1, 119-122. [ISSN: 0010-7133].
Volumul este o colecție de optsprezece studii ce răspund provocărilor legate de locul interpretării biblice între Biserică și Universitate, respectiv între o abordare spirituală și una academică, intelectuală, în încercarea de a depăși dihotomiile spre care facil se poate îndrepta interpretul neexperimentat. Contribuțiile au fost organizate în trei...
This article finds its inspiration in the new interpretations of Gadamer’s hermeneutics, which underline the turn in his later period, and which focus on the conception of aesthetic experience as an experience of transcendence. The main thesis is that the understanding of artworks, as Gadamer describes them in contrast to the Kantian subjectificati...
By hermeneutics in this article it is meant a theory of interpretation, by experience it is meant the situation and knowledge of those who interpret. I will argue that this kind of experience is constitutive for the final meaning. Hermeneutics of experience means interpretation and discussion about human experience and it is based on conditions tha...
" Tato společná kniha naší nejmladší generace teologů a teoložek je tematicky pestrá, zajímavá, provokativní i hluboká. Jako celek ukazuje, jakými cestami se téma zkušenosti a potřeba jejího výkladu do teologie vrací. Propojuje teologii, křesťanskou spiritualitu a etiku. Rehabilituje vztahy mezi tajemstvím a zjevením. Ukazuje, nejen jak spolu souvi...
In this article the authorfocuses on the problem of spiritual sense in the hermeneutics of Gregory of Nyssa, as it is described in his late works Vita Moysis (The life of Moses) and In Canticum Canticorum (Commentary on the Song of Songs). The author explores how spiritual sense (in terms of theoria) was understood in the milieu of the Early Church...
In this article the author deals with the exegetical principles of John Cassian, especially with the relationship between the person of the interpreter and the interpretation of the Scripture. The author does not define the person of an interpreter psychologically or sociologically, but according to monk’s theology, as the spiritual growing of the...
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.
This project deals with the hermeneutics of experience. The main method employed is hermeneutics, concentrated primarily on analysis of selected texts that deal with the issues of experience (eg, Gadamer, Haight, Meyendorff, Schmemann). The project will search for an answer to the question, “Should experience be understood as a form of ‘text’?”, or if it is necessary to find another methodological concept which will also take into account that which precedes and follows the ‘text’. This topic is related to the dissertation projects of all members of the team. They will be involved in the methodological part during the first year. The second part consists of applications of the hermeneutics of experience to dissertation projects of team members. Zdenko Širka will explore how the hermeneutics of experience, more accentuated in the Orthodox theology, complements Gadamer’s hermeneutics when theology cooperates with contemplative traditions. Peter Jandejsek will focus on the application of the hermeneutics of experience in 20th century Christology and will remark the examples of authentic joint of dogmatic and empirical truth in the work of Roger Haight. Cristian Panaitescu will complete the ecclesiological application with a study on "the crisis of the Church" in Orthodoxy, especially in Alexander Schmemann.
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.