- Arie L. Molendijk: Het wereldparlement van religies te Chicago (1893)
- Rik Peels: Een wandelgids bij het leven: Een analytische evaluatie van de Christelijke Dogmatiek
- Johan Goud en Martien Brinkman: ‘Het heilige gebeurt’: Een voortgezet gesprek over de relatie
theologie-poëzie met als casus Gerrit Achterberg
- Lieve Teugels: Cruciale TeksTen – De Brede Hagada: Een oud boek in een eigentijdse jas
Arie L. Molendijk
THE WORLD PARLIAMENT OF RELIGIONS IN CHICAGO (1893)
The aim of this contribution is to give a coherent account of the World Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893. The meeting was organised in the context of the Columbian World Exhibition, which celebrated 400 years of America. The Parliament convened in the main hall of the Chicago Art Institute and attracted 150,000 people, according to one of the lengthy reports. Various aspects are addressed: the objectives of the organisers, the character of the various reports of this mega-event, the participation of women, the relationship between the Christian organisers and the representatives of the East, the various – opposing – claims about the superiority of specific forms of religion and culture (for instance, the juxtaposition of the material West and the spiritual East), the tendency to spiritualize religion, and the role of the emerging field of religious studies versus the ‘interfaith’ character of the Parliament. It is hardly possible to draw one final conclusion from this heterogeneous event, but perhaps one can say that the participants were convinced of the ultimate meaning of ‘religion’ – however defined – as a force against indulging in consumerism and materialism.
A WALKING GUIDE FOR LIFE: AN ANALYTIC EVALUATION OF G. VAN DEN BRINK AND C. VAN DER KOOI’S CHRISTIAN DOGMATICS
This article provides a critical analysis and evaluation of Gijsbert van den Brink and Kees van der Kooi’s Christian Dogmatics, a lucid and welcome presentation of the core ideas that can be found in the Christian faith. First, the book is characterized, both from a more general perspective and from a specifically theological point of view. Next, it is argued that there is a discrepancy between the way the authors characterize systematic theology and the way they practice systematic theology themselves. After that, their assessment of natural theology is criticized and several problems in the Christian Dogmatics are highlighted, such as the fact that the authors’ anthropology fails to take holistic dualism seriously. Finally, it is argued that in some places, the authors ask important questions, but then provide answers to different questions without addressing the original issues.
Johan Goud en Martien Brinkman:
‘THE HOLY HAPPENS’: A CONTINUED CONVERSATION ON THE RELATION THEOLOGY-POETRY USING THE WORK OF GERRIT ACHTERBERG
Can poetry be theologically interpreted? And if so, under which conditions? Is a specific method of reading needed? The authors are inclined to an affirmative answer. They illustrate this with the help of the way in which the poet Gerrit Achterberg speaks about God. Although they approach his poetry from different angles ‒ one more focused upon recognition, the other more upon alienation ‒ they both come to the conclusion that only a style of reading that honors the innovative and alienating character of poetry, does justice to the intention of the poem and the poet.
THE ‘BREDE HAGADA’: AN ANCIENT BOOK IN A NEW JACKET
The new Dutch Passover Haggadah (2011) is broad in a double sense: its Hebrew text and Dutch translations include variations that suit the different forms of variegated Dutch Judaism. In a literal sense, it is designed in a ‘landscape’ format and includes many visual features that make it an easy and attractive tool. Besides introducing this new Haggadah, this article offers an introduction to the Passover seder and its Biblical and rabbinic sources. It includes a detailed discussion of the midrash of Deuteronomy 26:5–8 that is central in the Haggadah, and its relation to the early Christian interpretation of the Pesach traditions.