Staging the Resurrection

The Public Theology of Dutch Production and Broadcasting Companies

In: International Journal of Public Theology
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  • 1 Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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This article looks at the particular ways in which the resurrection of Christ was staged in the public domain during four editions of a popular musical event named The Passion. Since its first edition in 2011, this annual performance on the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has become a large media event in Dutch society. The author argues that its organizers—a television production company and two broadcasting companies—in their annual choices on how to shape and stage The Passion, make theological choices. Moreover, she argues that the staged theology of the organizers is to be considered a form of public theology. Pointing out that authority in late-modern network culture is subject of change, the author reveals how the production and broadcasting companies by organizing and actualizing a passion both prove themselves a leading party in the actualization of Christian tradition and turn up as players in the field of public theology.

  • 23

    This final resurrection song, like in 2013, was a cover of a song by the duo Nick and Simon. The verses were left out; only the chorus was sung and repeated. Full lyrics available on <> [accessed 30 July 2014].

  • 27

    Ibid., p. 9. McClure makes clear that ‘not all theological compositions will use all of these tracks, and they will not always be used consistently’, see pp. 51–55.

  • 28

    Ibid., p. 15.

  • 29

    Ibid., p. 17.

  • 30

    Ibid., p. 18.

  • 31

    Ibid., pp. 37–38.

  • 32

    Klomp, ‘Joseph & Jesus’, pp. 58–59.

  • 35

    Klomp, The Sound of Worship, p. 4.

  • 36

    Barnard, ‘Bijbellezen als textiele werkvorm’, p. 31 (translation mine, mk); also see Barnard, Cilliers, Wepener, Worship in the network culture, p. 77. Barnard takes ‘plural authority structure’ from Manuel Castells, The information Age 2. The Power of Identity (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 1997/2004). Castells quotes David Held, “Democracy, the nation-state and the global system”, in Economy and Society, 20/2 (1991), pp. 138–172 at pp. 161–167.

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  • 38

    Sebastian Kim, ‘Editorial’, International Journal of Public Theology, 1:1 (2007), pp. 1–4 at p. 2.

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