The Claim to Christianity

Responding to the Far Right

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Hannah Strømmen, Ulrich Schmiedel
  • Norwich, UK: 
    SCM Press
    , June
     192 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


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.

The Claim to Christianity investigates contemporary far-right claims to Christianity. Ulrich Schmiedel and Hannah Strømmen 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 Strømmen  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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Hannah Strømmen 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.



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