Christ, the Stranger: The Theological Relevance of Migration
This chapter discusses theological approaches to migration, including the faith commitments that may or may not be involved. However, Stephan van Erp’s aim is not to add yet another chapter to the theology of migration but to show how theologians engage with social issues like migration in an attempt to give new relevance to theology as an academic discipline, and how they usually fail to achieve this. He argues that contemporary theologians who discuss migration are clearly socially committed, but seem to have forgotten the theological reasons behind their commitment. This could have consequences for the discussion on the position of theology within today’s university, which is challenged ever more frequently despite bold attempts by theologians to increase their relevance. Moreover, it manifests the embarrassment of theologians who are not willing to articulate a specific Christian engagement in Europe’s secular culture.