Much of my research is inspired and directed by my students and their PhD projects. So, looking at the topics I have supervised and I am engaged in at present will give an insight into the fields of interests.
The areas, I am myself concentrating on are questioning and understanding some of the core concepts of our Western thinking and acting and how these were transformed by creative individuals who achieved a transformation of lifes, societies and cultures. A special emphasis is placed on the interchange beween Late Antique philosophers and early and medieval Christianity and Humanism, the re-discovery of Antiquity in the Middle Ages, and the contemporary challenges of modernity, post-modernity and re-modernities with their foci on socio-economics, religions, sustainability and energy.
When I started out my research, an early focus was on the transformation of Middle- and Neo-Platonic ideas in a post-Constantinian world. This led to a retracing of individuals like Asterius the Sophist (1993), Apolinarius of Laodicea (1995), Marcellus of Ancyra (1996), and also a re-design of our understanding of the beginnings of early Christianity (The origin of the Roman Creed ). In a 1.600 years spanning study on the Apostles' creed I searched, how concepts made their way through our history of research (2006). The re-witing and -concptualizing of the beginnings of Christianity was pushed to a more radical level, when having become aware of the overshadowing impact of denominational Romantcism of the 19th c. on contemporary schoarship, I discovered the anachronisms in our school books and research: Pre-dating of evidence and circular arguments have led to the distinction of two separate periods (a NT period and a time of Patristics) which, according to my findings belong together, but which have even been separated out into two distinct sub-disciplines to generate even further distortions of history.
Two of my research projects (Marcion and Transformations) address these problems. In addition, I am continuing research in the works of creative and influential individuals, Eusebis of Cesarea and Cyril of Alexandria.
I am also engaged into the process of the rediscovery of the antique past in the 13th. and 14th. c. where my research focusses on the Dominican Lesemeister and Lebemeister (academic and businessman) Meister Eckhart. With the re-discovery of some of his academic Quaestiones - I am trying to re-create the intellectual milieu of early 14th. Paris University.
A longstanding research project is our understanding of socio-economics and their mutual impact, especially with regards to cultures and religions. It has led to a few tentative publications which will be pursued in the future.