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Darren Cronshaw


Hunger Games are young adult fiction and movie franchises, which address issues of Empire, border control, politics of fear, human rights, gender, ethnicity, refugees and global inequity. The narrative of Hunger Games echoes the dilemmas of balancing personal sovereignty and self-fulfillment with the struggle that goes on for advocacy for social and political change. They make heroes of protagonists who rebel against the status quo and make a stand for justice in oppressive social-political contexts. The basic plot is ancient, but it is striking a chord with a generation of westerners who are disaffected with current societal and political trends. This article is a literary analysis of Hunger Games, analyzing its treatment of public theology, sovereignty and justice issues, especially for younger adults. It affirms the appeal of the books for resisting oppression, but questions unchallenged assumptions about ethnicity, gender, retributive violence and personal authenticity.

Ulrich Schmiedel


As of 1 June 2018, the symbol of the cross has to be shown in all state offices of Bavaria in Germany. In order to chart the churches’ reaction, I return to a conversation that Robert N. Bellah and Martin E. Marty had during the 1960s and the 1970s. Drawing on the core concepts of this conversation, I analyze and assess today’s cross controversy as a case of what I call the ‘populist predicament’. I argue that Marty’s programme of public theology provides a path out of the populist predicament because it combines the celebration and the critique of identity. Ultimately, I advocate for a pluralist position of public theology in the post-migrant context.

L. Juliana Claassens


In this article, I am contributing to the ongoing conversation on a feminist public theology. Drawing on examples of feminist public theologians in my own context in (South) Africa, I propose that a feminist public theology ought to deal honestly and constructively with the reality of the deep wounds and the scars caused by racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia, which, if left unattended, may fester and return with a vengeance. It is also imperative that a feminist public theology continues to imagine the world to be otherwise, thus helping not only to name the injustice of the past, but also to be able to see beyond the violence to help foster values such as compassion, justice, resistance and resilience. Drawing on examples from the book of Jeremiah, I will illustrate something of my own vocation as a feminist public theologian in the context of South Africa today.

Sachgerecht - menschengerecht - gesellschaftsgerecht

Texte von Johannes Schasching SJ. Herausgegeben und eingeleitet von Christian Spieß

Edited by Christian Spieß

Johannes Schasching SJ (1917–2013) gehörte zu den profiliertesten Vertretern der katholischen Soziallehre des
20. Jahrhunderts und hat maßgeblich zur Erneuerung der katholischen Sozialverkündigung nach dem Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil beigetragen.
Schasching verstand es beispielhaft, die christlichen Sozialwissenschaften mit der Praxis des Sozialkatholizismus und mit der kirchlichen Sozialverkündigung zu verknüpfen. Der vorliegende Band versammelt Texte aus dem Nachlass und gibt einen Einblick in die Denk- und Argumentationsweise des Jesuitenpaters, dessen Anliegen vor allem die Analyse der gesellschaftlichen Wirklichkeit und die Wahrnehmung der Lebenswirklichkeiten der Menschen war.