'Take Up Your Cross': Public theology between populism and pluralism in the post-migrant context

Ulrich Schmiedel

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As of 1 June 2018, the symbol of the cross has to be shown in all state offices of Bavaria in Germany. In order to chart the churches’ reaction, I return to a conversation that Robert N. Bellah and Martin E. Marty had during the 1960s and the 1970s. Drawing on the core concepts of this conversation, I analyze and assess today’s cross controversy as a case of what I call the ‘populist predicament’. I argue that Marty’s programme of public theology provides a path out of the populist predicament because it combines the celebration and the critique of identity. Ultimately, I advocate for a pluralist position of public theology in the post-migrant context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-162
JournalInternational Journal of Public Theology
Volume13
Issue number2
Early online date1 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • public theology
  • cross
  • populism
  • pluralism
  • Bedford-Strohm
  • Marx
  • Bellah
  • Marty
  • migration

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