Working group for biblically renewed theology

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The Swiss Working Group for Biblically Renewed Theology (AfbeT) is an association of Protestant theologians in German-speaking Switzerland. The association, based in Zurich, was founded in 1982 with the aim of “promoting scientific theology that is committed to special care and fidelity to the Holy Scriptures.” In addition to theological conferences, it promotes young theologians and grants printing subsidies. The AfbeT has members from regional and free churches.

Theological orientation

The association professes to "the Triune God as he is revealed in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and is praised and worshiped in the Apostolicum and Nicano-Constantinopolitanum ." The Holy Scriptures apply - entirely in accordance with the Reformation principle of sola scriptura - as the normative norm (norma normans) of theological thought. It is proclaimed the “basis and measure of all theological work”.

The association also expressly recognizes the belief base of the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians (FEET). Thus it is to be added to the evangelical wing of Protestantism. Especially in the first years of its existence, it distinguished itself from theological liberalism or from positions critical of the Bible, but also distanced itself from theological fundamentalism . Even today she rejects an autonomous use of human reason in relation to the Bible, but attaches increasing importance to constructive contributions to the discussion, partly on more ethical topics such as B. dealing with wealth or migration, partly on more theological-church issues such as the doctrine of the Trinity or baptism . The AfbeT moves along the lines of theologians and thinkers such as Johann Georg Hamann , Adolf Schlatter or Karl Heim that are critical of the Enlightenment .


A member can be whoever affirms the purpose of the association and the basic beliefs and is able to promote the performance of the AfbeT's tasks, preferably through their own theological work.


The association is on friendly terms with the Swiss Evangelical Alliance (SEA). Together with the Working Group for Evangelical Theology in Germany (AfeT), he publishes the Yearbook for Evangelical Theology (JETh). There are contacts with the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians (FEET) and the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA).

Web links


  1. Philipp Nanz (Ed.): Committed to the renewal of theology and the church , Riehen / Basel 2005, p. 10. ISBN 3-905290-37-5
  2. So the 2018 statutes of AfbeT
  3. Johannes H. Schmid (ed.): On the way to a biblically renewed theology , Giessen / Basel 1984, p. 5. ISBN 3-7655-9040-1
  4. See the conference volume: Thomas Hafner, Jürg Luchsinger (ed.): Eine Taufe - many opinions , Theologischer Verlag Zürich (TVZ), Zürich 2008 ISBN 978-3-290-17474-3