Playing on with God: mini symposium and book launch

29 September 2020 20:00 - 21:00

For ten years now, in the week leading up to Easter, the music and theatre spectacle 'The Passion' has been performed and broadcast on TV by EO and KRO-NCRV. Every year with other Dutch celebrities in the leading role. How does precisely this public spectacle show how faith in Dutch society has changed? Dr. Mirella Klomp followed 'The Passion' for ten years and analysed how the Christian story of suffering gained a new place in society. The results of this research were published in the book Playing on. Re-staging the Passion after the death of God.

Mini symposium

On the occasion of the publication of this book, the PThU, in collaboration with the Institute for Ritual and Liturgical Studies (IRiLiS), is organising a mini symposium. The symposium will take place on 29 September 2020 from 8 - 9 PM (CET) via the online plaform Zoom. After you have registered for the symposium, you will receive a confirmation email containing the details on how to log in to participate. Participation is free of charge. After the symposium you can puchase the book with 25% discount.

About the book

In what is often considered ‘a society “after God”’, millions of Dutch participate annually in a public multi-media performance of Christ's Passion. What to make of this paradox? In Playing On, Mirella Klomp offers a theological analysis of this performance and those involved in it. Working in an interdisciplinary fashion and utilizing creative interludes, she demonstrates how precisely this production of Jesus' last hours carves out a new and unexpected space for God in a (post-)secular culture. Klomp argues compellingly that understanding God's presence in the Western world requires looking beyond the church and at the public domain; that is the future of practical theology. She lays out this agenda for practical theology by showing how the Dutch playfully rediscover Christian tradition, and – perhaps – even God. 


  • Welcome by Prof. Dr. Marcel Barnard, Professor of Practical Theology and Liturgical Studies, PThU Amsterdam
  • Introduction of the book by dr. Mirella Klomp
  • Responses to the book by:
    • Prof. Dr. Andrea Bieler, Professor of Pratical Theology, Universität Basel
    • Prof. Dr. Irene Stengs, Endowed professor of Anthropology of Ritual and Popular Culture at the Vrije Universiteit and senior researcher at the Meertens Instituut (KNAW)
    • Prof. Dr. Cas Wepener, Professor of Pratical Theology, Homiletics, Stellenbosch University
    • Dr. Rein Brouwer, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, PThU Amsterdam
  • Conclusion

Practical Information

Date: 29 September 2020
Time: 8 - 9 PM (CET)
Venue: Platform Zoom



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