Tobias BRANDNER

 

Tobias BRANDNER
Associate Professor
MDiv, ThD (University of Zurich)

Tel: (852) 3943 1368
Email: tobias@cuhk.edu.hk


Programme Director, MDiv
Research Interests
  1. Christian faith and pastoral ministry in prison
  2. Postdenominational theological and spiritual movements: Ecumenism, Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism
  3. Mission history and present-day missionary movements

Faith is, in a basic form, the art of keeping the question open and to surrender to this openness. The question means the questions of our being: Why are we at all? Why are we the way we are? Where do we come from? Where do we go? – The problem of Christian faith expression, in individual and corporate forms of faith, is that we are in a constant danger of appropriating the One we refer to and of turning the mystery of our being into an answer. The word “God” is used lightly, as if we knew what it stands for. From a word that stands for the big question, it is turned into an answer that fills in the gaps of our understanding and knowledge. Instead of being a community that celebrates the open questions, Christianity presents itself as the community that gives answers. Against this tendency of appropriating God, theology leads Christian faith back to its mysterious origin. Earlier traditions described this as a dialectic movement of positive and negative theology, of word and silence, of defining and hiding, of kataphatic and apophatic.

Studying the history of Christianity is part of the spiritual formation of Christians. It is an attempt to understand the movement of appropriation and opening up the question of our being and it is the discovery of a multiplicity of stories of Christians who counter all attempts of spiritual or other appropriations of the mystery.

  1. The Basel Mission in China
  2. Pastoral theology and volunteers’ ministry in prison
  3. History of Western Christianity—a study tool for Chinese readers
  4. Pentecostalism, politics, and public spheres
  1. Beyond the Walls of Separation. Christian Faith and Ministry in Prison, Eugene, Oregon: Cascade, 2014.
  2. 《鐵窗內的心靈世界——香港基督教監獄事工面面觀》。香港:基道出版社,2010。
  3. 《超越藩籬——基督教更生事工點滴》。香港中文大學崇基學院神學院,2014。
  1. "Back and Forth of Theology and Faith Life: Theological education and Church History." 載入邢福增等編:《人言我為誰乎?盧龍光院長榮休紀念文集》。香港:基督教文藝出版社,2014。15-34。
  2. "The Political Context of Religious Exchanges: A Study on Chinese Protestants’ International Relations." in Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 3 (2013): 149-179.
  3. "Varieties of Ecumenism:  Towards an Understanding of the Changing Frameworks of Ecumenism." in Koinonia: Journal of Christian Studies 3, (November 2012): 84-104.
  4. “Religious Counseling in the Penal Context: Strategies of Trust and Establishment of Trusting Relationships in a Context of Distrust.” in Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling Vol 67, No 2 (2013), 4:1-14.
  5. “Hosts and Guests: Hospitality as an Emerging Paradigm in Mission.“ in International Review of Mission 102.1 (396) April 2013, 94-102.
  6. “Caught in the Middle: Issues of Interculturality in Early Missionary Encounters. The Case of the Basel Mission with Particular Regard to Theodor Hamberg.” In Ching Feng 10/1-2, 2010-11, (2012) 121-140.
  7. “Seelsorge und Freundschaft. Pastorale Rollenvielfalt und Rollenambiguität in der Gefangenenseelsorge.” In Nachdenkliche Seelsorge – Seelsorgliches Nachdenken: Festschrift für Christoph Morgenthaler. Edited by Ralph Kunz und Isabelle Noth. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012.184-200.
  8. “Charismatic Faith and Prison Ministry.” In Australasian Pentecostal Studies 14 (2012), 20-40.
  9. “Trying to make sense of history: A Tradition of Countercultural Belief and their Theological and Political Interpretation of Past and Present History.” In Studies in World Christianity 17.3 (2011): 216-236.
  10. “From Charity to Social Justice. An Analysis of Transformation Processes among Volunteers in Prison Ministry.” In Asian Christian Review 4 (1) (2010): 82-92.
  11. “Mission, Millennium, and Politics: A Continuation of the History of Salvation - from the East.” In Missiology: An International Review, 37 (3) (July 2009): 317-332.