The double face of religion

Conference from May 12 to 14, 2017 in Heidesee/OT Blossin


On the one hand, Erich Fromm sees the phenomenon of “religion” as being rooted in the conditions of human existence: Every person must satisfy their psychological need for a framework of orientation and an object of devotion in order to survive psychologically. Religion has historically played a central role in this. On the other hand, Fromm is one of the harshest critics of religion in modern times. A religion’s claim to validity and truth must be measured against the effects that religion and religious practice have on the physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being of people and society.

With regard to the individual, religion (with all its forms of expression – from the content of faith, forms of prayer and rituals to the institutional constitution of religious communities) must be measured by its humanizing effects: that religion strengthens and promotes people’s independence and freedom and therefore their psychological growth potential. Religion and religious practice must contribute to people developing a desire to draw on their own strengths and possibilities. According to Fromm, every religion, but also every world view, every global ethic and every philosophy, even atheism, must be measured against this essentially humanistic criterion.

Both “faces” of religion will be discussed at this conference. Precisely because the need for a framework for orientation and forBlossin town sign an object of devotion is always expressed in a time-bound manner, this conference also addresses the secular forms in which religion is articulated today and whether consumer temples, wellness and soccer events can inherit religion.
As the number of participants at the Blossin Youth Education Center is limited, we recommend that you register quickly by sending the registration card below to the Fromm Society office. The conference costs are then paid on arrival in Blossin in cash or by debit card.


Friday, May 12, 2017

17.30 Arrival and check-in
18.00 Dinner
19.00 Welcome and introduction (Dr. Rainer Funk, Tübingen)
19.30 “The truth will set you free” – Erich Fromm in the tradition of European religious criticism (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hardeck, Mainz)
20.30 Audio contribution on the conference topic and end of the day’s program

Saturday, May 13, 2017

08.00 Breakfast
08.45 Getting into the mood for the day with Qi Gong (Cara Rasmuß, Berlin)
09.15 Erich Fromm’s criticism of Martin Luther put to the test (Dr. Dietmar Seifert, Delitzsch)
10.15 Coffee break
10.30 “From the tree of life” – the Jewish roots of Erich Fromm’s humanism (Walter Schiffer, M.A., Borken)
11.30 Working groups
12.30 Lunch
15.00 Faith in Man – Erich Fromm’s contribution to a humanistic reformation (Dr. Michael Schmidt-Salomon, Besslich)
16.00 Coffee break
16.30 Working groups
18.00 Dinner
19.30 General meeting of the Int. Erich-Fromm-Society e.V.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

08.00 Breakfast
08.45 Getting in the mood for the day with Qi Gong (Cara Rasmuß, Berlin)
09.15 Wellness, soccer and godless religions? Tendencies between individualism, pluralization and dissolution in the religious field of the present (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mohn, Basel)
10.15 Coffee break
10.30 Working groups
11.45 Panel discussion “Quo vadis religion?”
12.30 Lunch and end of the conference

The conference costs…

Participation with overnight stay and full board per person:

  • in single room/shower/WC: 140 EUR
  • in double room/DuWC: 115 EUR

Payment of the conference fees is made on arrival in Blossin in cash or by ec-card. A separate conference fee is not charged.

Members of the Int.  Erich Fromm Society, can receive a grant of up to EUR 50 by sending an informal application to the Fromm Society office. (Please apply informally to the Fromm Society office at the same time as you register for this conference ).

Conference flyer

Registration card


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