Prof. Dr. Reiner Sörries: “Das Gelächter wider den Tod” (Laughter against Death)

06. Nov. 2018

On Monday, November 5, 2018, Prof. Dr. theol. Reiner Sörries gave a talk on “Das Gelächter wider den Tod” (Laughter against Death) in the library of FAU. This event was part of the event series “Eine Uni – ein Buch” (One University—One Book).

The secular meritocracy tries to give answers to the questions of how to cope with life, but it refuses or negates the questions of death. Although religions show perspectives beyond finite life, they are unstoppably in retreat, at least in industrial societies. But what do they actually say about the “empirical nothing” after death? Are heaven or hell more attractive than rebirth and transmigration of souls? Or can modern society still find secular scientific evidence for life after death? Or does it even succeed in eliminating death? But until then, we still have the laughter against death, which is not unchristian at all.
Following his talk, the exhibition “Einer geht noch” with cartoons and caricatures of life and death was inaugurated in the library of FAU.