Dietz Lange

Political correctness – Ideologie – Dogmatismus

Volume 114 () / Issue 4, pp. 440-470 (31)

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Political correctness is both a positively and negatively loaded term. When absolutized, it leads to moral terror and assumes the traits of an ideology, which the twentieth century's sociology of knowledge interprets as the collective disguising of own interest as common weal and of prejudice as the plain truth. Historically, ideology is the secularized version of dogmatism – a religious claim to absolute truth. The combination of these three phenomena can lead to an ill set of symptoms developing, as has been seen in some theological discourses on feminism, peace, or the relationship between Jews and Christians. By revealing the cause of the malaise in recent Protestant theology, the author diagnoses ways of alleviating the situation.

Dietz Lange Geboren 1933; Studium der Ev. Theologie in Tübingen, Göttingen, Chicago und Zürich; 1961–63 Vikar in Bochum und Witten; ab 1963 Assistent und Akademischer Rat/Oberrat in Göttingen; 1964 Promotion in Zürich und Ordination in Bochum; 1973 Habilitation für Systematische Theologie in Göttingen; 1977–98 Professor ebendort; seit 1988 Prediger an St. Marien in Göttingen.