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dr. S. Gärtner

Assistant Professor 

Tilburg School of Catholic Theology
Department of Practical Theology and Religious Studies


In a late modern society, the church, spiritual/pastoral care and practical theology face a new situation. Pluralization and individualization, globalization and standardization, detraditionalization and secularization, necessity of reflection and multiplication of perspectives are key terms to describe the present wave of modernization. It is a fundamental task for spiritual and pastoral care to strengthen religious identity. This leads to a reflection on the identity of the pastor as professional and of practical theology as scientific discourse. My research investigates the typical late modern challenges for both. It focusses on the Dutch context of the Catholic Church in particular, often in comparison with the situation in Germany.


Principal publications

  • Der Fall des niederländischen Katholizismus. Kirche und Seelsorge in einer spätmodernen Gesellschaft (Katholizismus im Umbruch 5), Freiburg/Br. et al. 2017.
  • Praktische theologie. Verkenningen aan de grens, Leuven 2015. (samen met A. Dillen)
  • Praktische Theologie in der Spätmoderne. Herausforderungen und Entdeckungen (Studien zur Theologie und Praxis der Seelsorge 89), Würzburg 2014. (samen met T. Kläden en B. Spielberg)
  • Zeit, Macht und Sprache. Pastoraltheologische Studien zu Grunddimensionen der Seelsorge, Freiburg/Br. et al. 2009.
  • Gottesrede in (post-) moderner Gesellschaft. Grundlagen einer praktisch-theologischen Sprachlehre, Paderborn/München/Wien/Zürich 2000.

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Last amended: 01 May 2018