The Passion as Public Reflexivity: How the Dutch in a Ritual-musical Event Reflect on Religious and Moral Discussions in Society

Klomp, M., van der Meulen, M., Wilson, E. & Zijdemans, A., 2018, In : Journal of Religion in Europe. 11, 2-3, p. 195-221 27 p.

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  • Mirella Klomp
  • Marten van der Meulen
  • Erin Wilson
  • A. Zijdemans

This article analyses the public significance of The Passion-a televised retelling of the Passion of Jesus, featuring pop songs and celebrities in the Dutch public sphere. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the authors demonstrate how performances like The Passion offer spaces in which the Dutch can reflect publicly on important identity issues, such as the role of Christian heritage in a supposedly secular age. The article contributes to deeper knowledge of how Dutch late-modern society deals with its secular self-understanding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-221
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Religion in Europe
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Passion play, digital media, public sphere, religiosity, morality, the sacred, secular national identity, SPIRITUALITY, POLITICS

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