Isaac Osei-Tutu

Isaac Osei-Tutu, Dipl.-Theol. Univ., STL, MA RWP

Doctoral researcher

isaac.osei-tutu@uzh.ch

About

Isaac Osei-Tutu studied Philosophy and Sociology at the St. Paul’s Catholic Seminary in Accra, Ghana and Catholic Theology at the University of Augsburg, Germany and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He holds a Diplom in Theology (Dipl.-Theol. Univ.) and a Canonical Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) awarded by the University of Augsburg in 2006 and the University of Fribourg in 2014, respectively.

His first area of specialization is Theology, specifically Old Testament Exegesis. In his Diplom thesis, he undertook an exegetical and theological interpretative study of the Sacrifice of Abraham in Genesis 22:1-19, dwelling on Abraham’s unreserved “Here I am” to God, irrespective of putting his own future, embodied in his son Isaac, at stake. His Licentiate dissertation dealt with the syntactical and semantical analysis of Psalm 138, with a focus on the characterization of David and of JHWH by the psalmist.

In 2018 Isaac Osei-Tutu received a joint Master of Arts degree in the interdisciplinary study of Religion, Economics and Politics (MA RWP, JD) from the University of Zurich. His second area of specialization, which stems from this interdisciplinary field of study, was the Economics of Religion. His research for the MA RWP, therefore, expounded on the religious-economic strategies and operations of major Neo-Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches in Ghana, making a case study of the religious economies of Pastors Mensa Anamoah Otabil, Dag Heward-Mills and Eastwood Anaba, the frontrunners of Neo-Pentecostalism/Charismatics in the country.

Currently, Isaac Osei-Tutu is undertaking a PhD project in the framework of a Cotutelle de thèse (Joint Doctoral Supervision) at the Centre for Religion, Economics and Politics (ZRWP) of the University of Zurich, Switzerland and the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) of the University of Bayreuth, Germany. In this interdisciplinary doctoral research, he is examining the place and role of ethics in the prosperity message and entrepreneurial activities of Neo-Pentecostal/Charismatic organizations in Ghana.

Research Areas of Interest

  • Business and Corporate Ethics
  • Economics of Religion
  • Christianity
  • Pentecostalism and Charismatics
  • Religion and Politics
  • Religion and Development
  • Biblical Exegesis
  • Philosophy