The RaTiC research programme aims at studying the process of transformation, assimilation and accommodation of religious texts, traditions and rituals. Religions develop their self-understanding in interaction with socio-cultural contexts and with other religions. This interaction leads to different forms of transformation in time (diachronic approach) and space (synchronic approach). These transformations of religions are investigated in terms of the way religions express their self-understanding in their semantics (i.e. the symbol-systems) and practices. They are studied both on the macro-level of society at large with regard to the influence of religion on societal problems of inequality versus equality, social cohesion versus division, the meso-level of religious institutions (churches, synagogues, mosques, schools, etc.), and the micro-level of patterns and processes of religious and moral identity formation of individuals and communities (e.g. in regard to new forms of funeral services). The programme includes both intra-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research within theology and religious studies.