I am a Catholic theologian, who also studied political science, lived in the USA for a five years, and found spiritual insights into the underlying unity of religions. For these I sought living confirmations. I met a Sufi master, spent a full year in his spiritual community in Cairo, and came to know Islam quite well from this trustworthy source. After that year, I moved to Munich. I started to teach Catholic religion, encountered the mystical branch of Jewish religion, and came to understand and to appreciate Judaism.
I became a psychotherapist, began to work in a psychiatric institution and wrote down the basic concept of my approach to psychotherapy, “Resurrection – before Death. Using Biblical Texts in Psychotherapy”, published in 1994 by the well-known Kösel publishing house in Munich.
For a long time I concentrated especially on my patients’ religions – and these included quite a few Muslims – until 9/11 focused all the experiences I had gained from the three religions that spring from Abraham. At that point, I realized that true peace must encompass the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. When I gave expression to this insight, I gained enthusiastic support, especially from internationally renowned architects, including Daniel Libeskind – for, the idea was to rebuild the ancient symbol of Jewish integrity, the Jewish Temple, on a platform above the Temple Mount.
After some journeys to Israel/Palestine I realized that Muslims would never agree to that solution, and neither would most Israeli Jews. I sought alternatives but the idea of reconciliation between Jews and Muslims was eventually to lead me to the biblical origin of the name “Israel” and to a vision of steps with the potential to solve the entire conflict: to follow the example of the reconciliation of the original “Israel” with his brother Esau.
So far, politicians have not suggested this kind of reconciliation. However, would it not accomplish what everyone is hoping for: to override even extreme differences and unify all factions?
Why I want peace:
Ever since I remember I felt pain, when there was any discord. So it seems to be my life's calling to use my energy to help the parties of a conflict to make peace. My personal history provided me with considerable experience in Judaic and Islamic spirituality. The idea behind this initiative was ignited by the events of 9/11. I gave it a voice. I presented it to high-level representatives of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and I observed great sympathy for it.
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I am a Catholic theologian, also studied political science, lived in the US for five years and in an Egyptian Sufi community for one year, became a psychotherapist, formulated the Christian doctrine in a language understandable for members of all religions, even for atheists, developing now a language to formulate the differences between the three Abrahamic religions in order to find and celebrate unity in diversity.
Something you didn't know about me:
My initial experience of other cultures and religions dates back to a seven weeks excursion to Egypt, before I started to study theology in 1963
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