"A research infrastructure serves and stimulates research, always with an eye on the wider non-academic audience like religious communities" says Herman J. Selderhuis, Theological University of Apeldoorn.
For RESILIENCE, religious communities belong to a non-academic audience and they are in constant need of accessible and reliable information on for example their own sources, their history and their convictions. They also want to be informed on the history and vision of other such communities. This is especially true if they live together in one city or region. RESILIENCE can help them achieve a better mutual understanding, which is beneficial to themselves as well as their surroundings by building knowledge.
Just as essential is the communication within religious communities. This is needed in order to pass on religious traditions to younger generations as well as for presenting, clarifying and contextualising religious positions. They need free digital access to books and documents as well as digital images of art, maps and music. In addition to this, the disclosure of older collections can help to reevaluate and clarify positions and traditions.
Of growing importance is how religious communities communicate with decisonmakers such as politicians and governmental organisations, especially when they are in a minority position or when they are rather new to a certain region. For this, they need to know how in their political context religion has been dealt with in the past and how the present political, societal and especially legal situation is. This requires digital access to clear historical and juridical information related to religion.
In short, all the above can be concentrated in one term: knowledge transfer. Such transfer is a core business for religious communities and also for RESILIENCE.
And this means that these two fit perfectly together.
– Herman J. Selderhuis, Theological University of Apeldoorn
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