The central theme of theological reflection has been mission studies and intercultural theology. Brandner’s theological endeavor, academic research, teaching, and service outside of the university all converged in the intercultural reflection and trans-cultural practice of Christian faith. A core conviction of Brandner’s academic work was that academic reflection needs to be related to and rooted in practice. In the case of theological studies, it means that simultaneous participation in ministry inspires and refines theological expertise and at the same time helps to verify theological thoughts. This was the reason that he remained – as honorary service to the community – involved in ministerial practice parallel to his academic position. This arrangement resulted in several publications.
History of Western and Asian Christianity
Brandner, Tobias (guest editor). Prison and Religion in the Global South. Social Sciences and Mission. Volume 33 / 1-2 (2020).
Brandner, Tobias. Pilgrims and Popes. A Concise History of Pre-Reformation Christianity in the West. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2019
Brandner, Tobias. “’The room is small, but the heart is big’ – Religion and community life in Philippine prisons.” Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology Vol. 21/4, August 2020
Beyond the Walls of Separation. Christian Faith and Ministry in Prison, Eugene, Oregon: Cascade, 2014 (published in German and with an additional epilogue as Gottesbegegnungen im Gefängnis: Eine Praktische Theologie der Gefangenenseelsorge, Frankfurt a.M.: Verlag Otto Lembeck, 2009; second edition 2010; in revised form and in chinese translation as鐵窗內的心靈世界。峴港基督教監獄事工面面觀，基道 , Hong Kong 2010.)
„The Political Context of Religious Exchanges: A Study on Chinese Protestants’ International Relations” in Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 3/2013: 149-179.
“Religious Counseling in the Penal Context: Strategies of Trust and Establishment of Trusting Relationships in a Context of Distrust” in Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling Vol 67, No 2 (2013), 4:1-14.
“Caught in the Middle: Issues of Interculturality in Early Missionary Encounters. The Case of the Basel Mission with Particular Regard to Theodor Hamberg”, Ching Feng 10/1-2, 2010-11, (2012) 121-140.
„Charismatic Faith and Prison Ministry“, in Australasian Pentecostal Studies 14 (2012), 20-40.
“Trying to make sense of history: A tradition of countercultural belief and their theological and political interpretation of past and present history”, Studies in World Christianity 17.3 (2011): 216-236.
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