The Claim to Christianity: Responding to the Far Right

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SCM Press, Jun 30, 2020 - Religion - 192 pages

The far right is on the rise across Europe, pushing a battle scenario in which Islam clashes with Christianity as much as Christianity clashes with Islam. From the margins to the mainstream, far-right protesters and far-right politicians call for the defence of Europe’s Christian culture. The far right claims Christianity.


This book investigates contemporary far-right claims to Christianity. Ulrich Schmiedel and Hannah StrÝmmen examine the theologies that emerge in the far right across Europe, concentrating on Norway, Germany and Great Britain. They explore how churches in these three countries have been complicit, complacent or critical of the far right, sometimes intentionally and sometimes unintentionally. Ultimately, Schmiedel and StrÝmmen encourage a creative and collaborative theological response. To counter the far right, Christianity needs to be practiced in an open and open-ended way which calls Christians into contact with Muslims.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Claiming Christianity
Religion in the European Far Right
The Terrorist Right
The Populist Right
The Hard Right
From Complacency to Critique
Reclaiming Christianity in Response to the Far Right
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About the author (2020)

Hannah StrÝmmen is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the University of Chichester.

Ulrich Schmiedel is Lecturer in Theology, Politics and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh