Interfaith Spaces and Claims of Religious Identity
Edited By Andreas Kunz-Lübcke
In the latest discussion on the relations between religions, it has often been argued that monotheism necessarily leads to intolerance and exclusivism. A religion which claims to worship «the one and only true God» is inevitably forced to reject every religious behaviour and practices of «the Other». But is this really the case? This volume contains contributions which discuss the major question: What are the instruments and the strategies used in different religious settings where interreligious encounter is part of daily life? Most of the contributions concentrate on the challenges of theology in the context of India. A special focus will be on approaches for interreligious coexistence derived from Biblical or Systematic Theology.
Theological Apartheid Discourse and Contemporary Right Wing Rhetoric in Germany
Abstract: This paper compares thought patterns and rhetoric of historic apartheid and contemporary right wing populist discourse from a Christian perspective. It points to similarities within two phenomena and tries to derive helpful insights to overcome all types of xenophobia, be it racism or islamophobia.
Keywords: apartheid, populism, Theology and volk-ideology
1. A Semantic Shift: From Emancipation to Exclusion
On Thursday, February 18th, 2016 about 100 people gathered at Clausnitz, a village south of Dresden in eastern Germany. They kept on shouting “Wir sind das Volk!”, which means “We are the people!”. This slogan had become popular and politically influential almost two decades earlier. It was during the “Montagsdemonstrationen” (Monday protest marches) in Leipzig, also eastern Germany, where citizens of the then GDR (German Democratic Republic) marched against their socialist-totalitarian government. “We are the people!” then had an emancipatory impetus, shouted by a crowd of some ten thousands. The protestors were claiming sovereignty for the people of the GDR. They were using civil movement tools in a democratic manner against an oppressive state. By this slogan the protestors – most of them probably unconsciously – quoted one of the most famous poems of the revolution in March 1848 in Berlin fighting for democratization and constitutional rights in the different German states.1
Until 2014, for more than 150 years, “Wir sind das Volk!” had thus been connoted with liberal and civil democratic rights, foremost with the peaceful revolution in the GDR. “Wir sind...
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