Contra Merz. Een repliek op A. Merz’ artikel ‘Ein Jesus ohne “spin” und “special effects” ’ | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 63, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268


This is a reply to a paper by A. Merz, , in which she states that my 2008 book is a methodological failure. I want to show that Merz reaches this conclusion by unfair methods. First: she characterizes my argumentation in a general way as ‘implausible’ but never mentions the content of my arguments, let alone discusses them. Second: whenever I quote established theologians whose ideas I used, Merz systematically avoids mentioning their names, instead proceeds as if these ideas are mine – which gives her the academic freedom to belittle them. Third: she paraphrases my text in mocking hyperboles, thereby misleading the reader. Merz’s goal is apologetic: she tries to undermine the image of Jesus I presented in my book.


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